This LATimes article exposes the plight of immigrants and Latinos in Atlanta, who are under one of the most restrictive immigration laws in the nation.
Emelina Ramirez called police to tell them her roommates were attacking her, punching and kicking her in the stomach. When the police arrived, they handcuffed her, took her to jail and ran her fingerprints through a federal database. She is now in an Alabama cell awaiting deportation.
The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, which took effect July 1, requires law enforcement officers to investigate the citizenship status of anyone charged with a felony or driving under the influence. It also directs the state Public Safety Department to select and train Georgia state patrol officers to enforce federal immigration law while carrying out regular duties.
The fear is that these laws will encourage racial profiling and discrimination, along with causing the Latino and immigrant population to be afraid to go to law enforcement for help. This are serious concerns to be taken into account during the immigration reform debates, and has implications particularly for women in domestic violence situations who will be afraid to use law enforcement.