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AP Wire | 06/30/2004 | Trenton officials retreat on illegal immigrant fines

AP Wire | 06/30/2004 | Trenton officials retreat on illegal immigrant fines

Posted on Wed, Jun. 30, 2004
Trenton officials retreat on illegal immigrant fines
Associated Press

TRENTON, Ga. - Informed that immigration laws are federal domain, city commissioners reversed a vote to consider fining illegal immigrants and people who provide them a place to live.

Instead, police will increase patrols and use existing loitering laws to crack down on illegal immigrants in the city's park, officials said.

The commissioner who proposed that the city attorney consider fines on illegal immigrants was concerned about loitering in the park, Mayor Anthony Emanuel said.

"We did look into (fining), and we were advised by our attorney that any legal action involving illegal aliens is controlled by federal law," Emanuel told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Small towns with historically homogeneous populations often react negatively when minority groups start to increase in numbers, said Joel Alvarado, a policy analyst with the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Alvarado said local governments sometimes resort to racial profiling, where law enforcement agencies disproportionately target minorities.

Over the last two decades, the number of Hispanic residents in north Georgia has soared, partly due to carpet mill jobs.

In Trenton, Hispanics make up less than 1.5 percent of the city's population, according to 2000 Census data. The city is 98 percent white.

Park commissioner Chuck Cannon proposed at a June 7 meeting that the city attorney research the possibility of fining illegal immigrants and people who provide them housing.

Commissioners approved the proposal 4-0.

Emanuel said Cannon made the proposal after receiving complaints about people lingering in the park.

Cannon did not return calls seeking comment.

"They were for the most part Hispanics loitering at the park for an extended period of time that caused some people residing near there to be uneasy," Emanuel said. "To solve that problem, we are increasing patrols in the city park and enforcing existing loitering laws."

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