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Trump’s threat of major deportations sparks fear, confusion in Atlanta
 Federal immigration authorities said Wednesday they will ramp up enforcement, though they offered few specifics, sowing fear and confusion among Atlanta-area immigrants and drawing sharp criticism from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan declined to say how many and which...

Posted: 6 days ago

Federal immigration authorities said Wednesday they will ramp up enforcement, though they offered few specifics, sowing fear and confusion among Atlanta-area immigrants and drawing sharp criticism from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan declined to say how many and which...
Feds alleging major kickback scheme at Fort Benning, Fort Gordon
 A federal grand jury has indicted a Tennessee business executive in an alleged kickback scheme involving a pair of multimillion-dollar construction contracts at two Georgia military posts, Fort Benning and Fort Gordon. David Kennedy, who lives in the Nashville area, pleaded not guilty this month to charges of accepting kickbacks and conspiracy...

Posted: 7 days ago

A federal grand jury has indicted a Tennessee business executive in an alleged kickback scheme involving a pair of multimillion-dollar construction contracts at two Georgia military posts, Fort Benning and Fort Gordon. David Kennedy, who lives in the Nashville area, pleaded not guilty this month to charges of accepting kickbacks and conspiracy...
Van accident figured in high-profile North Georgia immigration arrest
 Juan Antonio Perez answered the questions without hesitation in his deposition four years ago, chuckling with the attorney who was probing him about his home construction business and employees. No, the 46-year-old Bartow County businessman did not collect employment authorization documents — called I-9 forms — for his employees...

Posted: 12 days ago

Juan Antonio Perez answered the questions without hesitation in his deposition four years ago, chuckling with the attorney who was probing him about his home construction business and employees. No, the 46-year-old Bartow County businessman did not collect employment authorization documents — called I-9 forms — for his employees...
Pentagon: Troop readiness concerns knocked Fort Benning off list of potential shelters for immigrant children 
 Concerns about troop “readiness” prompted the decision against temporarily sheltering at Fort Benning unaccompanied immigrant children who have been apprehended at the Southwest border, the Pentagon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. Defense and U.S. Health and Human Services department officials visited the Columbus-area...

Posted: 14 days ago

Concerns about troop “readiness” prompted the decision against temporarily sheltering at Fort Benning unaccompanied immigrant children who have been apprehended at the Southwest border, the Pentagon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. Defense and U.S. Health and Human Services department officials visited the Columbus-area...
Most of Georgia’s 48th coming home from Afghanistan two months early
 Most of the 2,000 soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade will return home this summer, two months earlier than planned, news that is thrilling their families. The brigade arrived in Afghanistan in January and was expected to return around September. Instead, about 1,500 of the troops will fly...

Posted: 21 days ago

Most of the 2,000 soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade will return home this summer, two months earlier than planned, news that is thrilling their families. The brigade arrived in Afghanistan in January and was expected to return around September. Instead, about 1,500 of the troops will fly...
Georgia veteran recalls gripping scene on Omaha Beach 75 years later
 Charles Maupin remembers coming ashore on Omaha Beach 75 years ago and seeing rows of fellow U.S. soldiers in the bloodstained sand, their bodies covered with ponchos. He remembers American officers interrogating German captives in the shadow of a cliff as a military truck smoldered nearby. He remembers following a column of tanks into the...

Posted: 21 days ago

Charles Maupin remembers coming ashore on Omaha Beach 75 years ago and seeing rows of fellow U.S. soldiers in the bloodstained sand, their bodies covered with ponchos. He remembers American officers interrogating German captives in the shadow of a cliff as a military truck smoldered nearby. He remembers following a column of tanks into the...
Government eyeing Fort Benning for new shelter for immigrant children
 The Trump administration is considering sheltering unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended along the southwest border at Fort Benning, the sprawling Columbus-area military installation, according to the Pentagon and U.S. Health and Human Services Department. It is unknown how many children could be housed there and for how long. But...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Trump administration is considering sheltering unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended along the southwest border at Fort Benning, the sprawling Columbus-area military installation, according to the Pentagon and U.S. Health and Human Services Department. It is unknown how many children could be housed there and for how long. But...
Report: Up to 177,000 Georgians could be missed in the 2020 census
 The possible inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census, the national debate over immigration and other factors could cause an undercount of Georgia’s population by as many as 177,000 people, or nearly 2%, according to a report released Tuesday. Georgia ranks fifth among states for the highest possible undercount in percentage...

Posted: 22 days ago

The possible inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census, the national debate over immigration and other factors could cause an undercount of Georgia’s population by as many as 177,000 people, or nearly 2%, according to a report released Tuesday. Georgia ranks fifth among states for the highest possible undercount in percentage...
Opioid overdose emergency room visits, hospitalizations up in Georgia
 Emergency room visits and hospitalizations for opioid-related overdoses in Georgia jumped 14 percent between 2017 and 2018, rising from 4,934 to 5,621, according to preliminary Georgia Department of Public Health figures released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During the same time frame, deaths from such overdoses dropped statewide...

Posted: 26 days ago

Emergency room visits and hospitalizations for opioid-related overdoses in Georgia jumped 14 percent between 2017 and 2018, rising from 4,934 to 5,621, according to preliminary Georgia Department of Public Health figures released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During the same time frame, deaths from such overdoses dropped statewide...
Many Georgians made the ultimate sacrifice during the Allied invasion
 The Atlanta Journal carried this hopeful headline on its front page 75 years ago, “D-Day Dawn Finds Atlantians in Prayer.” Doris Lockerman, who would later become a columnist and the first female associate editor of The Atlanta Constitution, delivered the story, writing that church bells were tolling across the city and uniting...

Posted: 26 days ago

The Atlanta Journal carried this hopeful headline on its front page 75 years ago, “D-Day Dawn Finds Atlantians in Prayer.” Doris Lockerman, who would later become a columnist and the first female associate editor of The Atlanta Constitution, delivered the story, writing that church bells were tolling across the city and uniting...
Family of detainee who hanged himself in S. Georgia lockup suing ICE
 The family of a Panamanian man who hanged himself in a South Georgia immigration detention center is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, alleging they tortured him with solitary confinement. Filed in a federal court in Columbus this month, the lawsuit also accuses ICE of failing to provide Jeancarlo Alfonso Jimenez Joseph...

6:30 PM Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

The family of a Panamanian man who hanged himself in a South Georgia immigration detention center is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, alleging they tortured him with solitary confinement. Filed in a federal court in Columbus this month, the lawsuit also accuses ICE of failing to provide Jeancarlo Alfonso Jimenez Joseph...
Funeral to be held today for Georgia Guardsman who died in Afghanistan
 A funeral is scheduled today for Spc. Miguel L. Holmes, a Georgia National Guardsman who died in Afghanistan this month. The military has not identified precisely what killed the 22-year-old soldier from Hinesville, saying only that he died from a “non-combat incident” in Nangarhar Province and that his death remains under investigation...

1:35 PM Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

A funeral is scheduled today for Spc. Miguel L. Holmes, a Georgia National Guardsman who died in Afghanistan this month. The military has not identified precisely what killed the 22-year-old soldier from Hinesville, saying only that he died from a “non-combat incident” in Nangarhar Province and that his death remains under investigation...
Trump touts ‘merit-based’ immigration plan modeled on Perdue effort
 President Donald Trump unveiled the contours of a new immigration plan on Thursday that would prioritize green cards for highly skilled migrants over people with family ties to the U.S. U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has been a vocal advocate for a similar “merit-based” system over the past two years and signaled his support for...

9:16 PM Thursday, May. 16, 2019

President Donald Trump unveiled the contours of a new immigration plan on Thursday that would prioritize green cards for highly skilled migrants over people with family ties to the U.S. U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has been a vocal advocate for a similar “merit-based” system over the past two years and signaled his support for...
Georgia shuts down ‘kangaroo court’ immigration panel
 Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature created the Immigration Enforcement Review Board eight years ago to hold local and state officials accountable, complaining the federal government had failed to secure the nation’s borders. Now the state is disbanding the panel, even as President Donald Trump is declaring a national...

8:46 PM Monday, May. 13, 2019

Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature created the Immigration Enforcement Review Board eight years ago to hold local and state officials accountable, complaining the federal government had failed to secure the nation’s borders. Now the state is disbanding the panel, even as President Donald Trump is declaring a national...
Bartow businessman pleads not guilty to immigration, weapons charges
 A Bartow County businessman accused of harboring unauthorized immigrant workers for his construction company pleaded not guilty to immigration and weapons charges in federal court here Monday. Shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing a blue prison uniform, Mexican national Juan Antonio Perez, 46, quietly conferred with his attorney during...

7:31 PM Monday, May. 13, 2019

A Bartow County businessman accused of harboring unauthorized immigrant workers for his construction company pleaded not guilty to immigration and weapons charges in federal court here Monday. Shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing a blue prison uniform, Mexican national Juan Antonio Perez, 46, quietly conferred with his attorney during...
Emory expands PTSD, TBI treatment program for military veterans
 Barbara Rothbaum watched an M1A2 tank test fire its .50-caliber machine gun and then its deafening main gun. Afterward, she clambered atop one of the tanks, sat inside it and then fired a pistol, a shotgun and an automatic rifle on a marksmanship range. The psychologist leads the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, which treats current and...

8:21 PM Thursday, May. 09, 2019

Barbara Rothbaum watched an M1A2 tank test fire its .50-caliber machine gun and then its deafening main gun. Afterward, she clambered atop one of the tanks, sat inside it and then fired a pistol, a shotgun and an automatic rifle on a marksmanship range. The psychologist leads the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, which treats current and...
New director named for the Atlanta VA Medical Center
 The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has named Ann Brown as the new director of its health care system in Atlanta, where she will oversee 4,800 employees and services for 116,000 veterans.  Brown previously led the VA’s health care system in Greater Los Angeles, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and the VA Medical Center...

6:06 PM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has named Ann Brown as the new director of its health care system in Atlanta, where she will oversee 4,800 employees and services for 116,000 veterans.  Brown previously led the VA’s health care system in Greater Los Angeles, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and the VA Medical Center...
Grand jury indicts Bartow businessman on immigration, weapons charges
 The coppery 1960s-era Chevrolet Impala, emblazoned with a flame on its hood, rested in a fenced parking lot outside the Bartow County Jail on Wednesday, sparkling under the bright sun like a new penny. Nearby gleamed an aqua 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, lovingly restored with an interior the color of fresh snow. Next to these vintage...

5:28 PM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

The coppery 1960s-era Chevrolet Impala, emblazoned with a flame on its hood, rested in a fenced parking lot outside the Bartow County Jail on Wednesday, sparkling under the bright sun like a new penny. Nearby gleamed an aqua 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, lovingly restored with an interior the color of fresh snow. Next to these vintage...
N. Georgia sheriffs have mixed results with immigration enforcement
 Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap signed an agreement in February of last year to team up with federal immigration authorities, saying he wanted to be more proactive in his rural North Georgia community. Thirteen months later, his office terminated its 287(g) agreement, named after the federal law that authorizes it, without spending a...

11:00 AM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap signed an agreement in February of last year to team up with federal immigration authorities, saying he wanted to be more proactive in his rural North Georgia community. Thirteen months later, his office terminated its 287(g) agreement, named after the federal law that authorizes it, without spending a...
Georgia veterans’ families raising alarms about open-air burn pits
 Tammy McCracken said her husband was fit and lean before he deployed to Iraq, a weightlifter and a runner with no history of serious illnesses. But David returned home from Baghdad in 2009 with a persistent dry cough. Headaches came next. Then confusion, disorientation and memory loss. On the day he learned of his promotion to colonel in...

10:45 PM Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019

Tammy McCracken said her husband was fit and lean before he deployed to Iraq, a weightlifter and a runner with no history of serious illnesses. But David returned home from Baghdad in 2009 with a persistent dry cough. Headaches came next. Then confusion, disorientation and memory loss. On the day he learned of his promotion to colonel in...
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