Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle says it’s time to strengthen efforts to deport illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in Georgia. “We cannot continue to allow illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes to re-enter our communities due to the slow pace of the federal government’s bureaucracy,” said Cagle.

This past Friday, the 2018 GOP gubernatorial candidate said he will make this a priority during the upcoming legislative session.

“I have led on the principle that illegal immigrants convicted of crimes should serve full sentences in custody – and then be deported by the federal government,” Cagle said. “That’s why I worked to pass the laws we have on the books that require local law enforcement to coordinate with federal officials to deport criminals at the end of their sentences. This legislation builds on the lessons we have learned from current law to ensure that convicted illegal immigrants do not fall through the cracks of the system and re-enter our communities.”

According to the Lt. Governor, current federal law only allows for law enforcement or corrections officers to hold an individual on a detainer for 48 hours. He said Georgia must act to ensure that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are given advanced notice and adequate time to detain illegal immigrants after their sentences are completed.

Cagle’s proposal builds on legislation that he helped pass through the state Senate in 2010 and 2016. Current Georgia law outlaws sanctuary cities and directs the Department of Corrections to proactively notify ICE of inmates who are eligible for release,.

According to information from the Lt. Governor’s office, the proposal will strengthen the current law in several ways:

1. Local law enforcement will fully comply when notified by the federal government of immigration detainers.

2. Local law enforcement – upon receiving an immigration detainer request on the criminal alien defendant – will inform the court of such detainer. After a conviction and as part of sentencing, judges will direct the sheriff or warden with custody to require that inmates serve the final portion of their sentences in federal custody, not to exceed seven days.

3. The proposed legislation will protect local governments complying with these new provisions by utilizing state resources to defend any action brought against our local governments for good faith compliance. The state will then be able to protect local entities that follow the law from the hogwash lawsuits that are spun up by obstructionist groups, which dislike law and order.

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