Ga. Immigration Panel Votes to Investigate Vidalia

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA -- June 30, 2012

A state board that oversees enforcement of Georgia's immigration laws says it will investigate a complaint that the city of Vidalia is harboring illegal workers.

Members of the state Immigration Enforcement Review Board voted unanimously Friday to look into accusations by Michael Dale Smith of Twin City. He says officials in Vidalia, home of Georgia's famous sweet onion crop, are giving illegal immigrants safe harbor by allowing them to work and live in the city limits. City officials deny his allegations

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports several board members sounded skeptical about Smith's complaint. Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, a panel member, said he feared the board was being asked to "chase rabbits."

The board appointed a three-member committee to look into the complaint.


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