Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle joined Senator Jesse Stone, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in introducing SB 452, called the END Act – Ensuring Necessary Deportations – to increase accountability and safeguards within Georgia’s justice system. This legislation builds on Georgia’s continued efforts to require all law enforcement agencies to fully communicate and cooperate with federal officials in deporting criminal illegal aliens.
“I’ve long led the General Assembly to make certain we take every available precaution to keep the safety of Georgians as our top priority,” Cagle said. “That’s why I worked to pass the laws we have on the books, which have made the State of Georgia a national leader in upholding and enforcing our immigration laws. Increasing accountability in our justice system ensures federal officials are alerted by state or local law enforcement and corrections officers when it’s time to transfer custody of criminal illegal aliens.”
Current federal law permits law enforcement or corrections officers to hold an individual on an immigration detainer for 48 hours. The State of Georgia has a duty to provide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers advanced notification and adequate time to take custody of criminal illegal aliens who are under sentence in Georgia.
“No illegal aliens convicted of a crime against our society should ever skirt deportation because of the ineffectiveness of government bureaucracy,” Cagle continued.
Cagle’s proposal builds on legislation that he led to pass through the Senate in 2010 and 2016. Current Georgia law outlaws sanctuary cities and directs local law enforcement and the State Department of Corrections to proactively notify ICE, and Cagle’s proposal will strengthen the law in the following ways:
- Local law enforcement will fully comply when notified by the federal government of immigration detainers. Upon receiving an immigration detainer request during the course of an investigation, law enforcement will inform the prosecuting attorney of such detainer.
- This legislation also requires the sentencing court to inquire into the person’s legal status, notify Homeland Security if their status is unlawful, and provide in the court sentence notification to ICE seventy-two hours prior to the anticipated release of any criminal illegal alien.
“By fighting to protect the safety and security of Georgians against criminals who are in our nation illegally, Lt. Governor Cagle’s steady leadership has saved countless lives,” said Chairman Jesse Stone. “I’m proud to sponsor what will be known as the END Act –Ensuring Necessary Deportations – and I greatly appreciate the Lt. Governor’s leadership in making Georgia a national leader on this issue.”