Georgia communities struggle with issues of illegal immigration

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 12‚ 2007) — Amid much fanfare last spring‚ Gov. Sonny Perdue…

Georgia (Apr 12, 2007) — Georgia communities struggle with issues of illegal immigration

Jennifer Hafer


Suburban Conference at KSU to address affects of immigration compliance law

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 12‚ 2007) — Amid much fanfare last spring‚ Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act‚ but how Georgia communities are coping with enforcement of the new law is the subject of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s fifth annual Suburban Conference.

The conference‚ “What Works in Suburban Growth: Challenges and Opportunities‚” will be held Friday‚ April 13‚ from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Rooms of Carmichael Student Center.

“What we want to explore is how this law is being enforced from a criminal justice perspective‚” conference organizer Dr. Rebecca Petersen said. “Can it be enforced?”

The immigration compliance act‚ which was sponsored by state Sen. Chip Rogers last year‚ requires citizenship verification for individuals using Georgia’s public services‚ as well as verification of state employees and employers with state contracts and subcontracts. Rogers will give the conference keynote address focused on his bill beginning at 12:45 p.m.

In addition to immigration issues‚ suburban experiences – including urban/suburban planning‚ crime and drugs‚ legal issues and homeland security‚ K−12 and higher education‚ local/regional politics‚ traffic and transportation‚ business and economics and community involvement – will be explored by groups and individuals from a variety of disciplines‚ perspectives‚ professions and fields.

For further information or to schedule an interview‚ please contact the writer.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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