City of Decatur sues state immigration review board - CBS46 News

City of Decatur sues state immigration review board

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Attorneys for the City of Decatur filed two lawsuits Wednesday, claiming the state's Immigration Enforcement Review Board -- commonly called IERB -- is failing to comply with the Georgia Open Records Act and the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

The suit, obtained by CBS46, claims the state board refuses to produce news-worthy records, as required by law, and has held meetings in secrecy.

Decatur has been targeted by the board after a complaint was made by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, accusing the city of being a sanctuary city for illegal immigration.

Cagle appointed two members of the board.

The controversial board was established in 2011 by the State Legislature, tasked with reviewing complaints about illegal immigration, and has some authority to impose sanctions.

According to a review by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the IERB has reviewed only a small number of complaints since its inception, and the majority of those complaints, the center claims, came from the same person.

Shawn Hanley, Chairman of the review board, sent us a statement, which reads:

"It was the hope of the Immigration Enforcement Review Board that Decatur would be cooperative, accountable and transparent after a complaint was filed against the city. An active investigation into the complaint accusations has been ongoing for two months and during this time the city has refused to cooperate with investigators and used delaying tactics to stall this process. The IERB takes all of its obligations seriously and we look forward to defending ourselves in court against these frivolous allegations by Decatur."

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