Ga. im­mi­gra­tion panel dis­misses Vi­dalia com­plaint

The Covington News - - Around the Region -

AT­LANTA (AP) — A state panel that over­sees en­force­ment of Ge­or­gia’s im­mi­gra­tion laws has dis­missed a com­plaint that the city of Vi­dalia is har­bor­ing il­le­gal work­ers.

The state Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment Re­view Board had ap­pointed a sub­com­mit­tee in June to look into ac­cu­sa­tions by Michael Dale Smith of Twin City. Smith ac­cused of­fi­cials in Vi­dalia, home of Ge­or­gia’s fa­mous sweet onion crop, of giv­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants safe har­bor by al­low­ing them to work and live in the city lim­its. City of­fi­cials de­nied his al­le­ga­tions.

Board mem­ber Phil Kent said the sub­com­mit­tee “didn’t find any­thing ac­tion­able.”

The Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment Re­view Board was cre­ated by last year’s law crack­ing down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

The seven-per­son panel has the power to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints, hold hear­ings, sub­poena doc­u­ments and wit­nesses and take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

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