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Azadeh N.
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The DREAM Act: Keeping Our Promise to Our Kids

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 3:37pm
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s one of the most common questions we ask our children. And no matter what answer they give — veterinarian, astronaut, president — we tell them the same thing: work hard in school, and you can do it.

Time For Cobb County To Walk Away From 287(g)

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 11:40am

(Originally posted on The Marietta Daily Journal Online)

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to accept Sheriff Neil Warren's recommendation on the re-signing of the 287(g) Agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.…

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

Georgia: Don’t Allow Extremism to Highjack Good Fixes to Immigration Bill

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 4:39pm

Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country, House Bill 87. Both supporters and opponents of the bill now agree that it has a major flaw which needs to be fixed quickly. As written, the law subjects U.S.…

Keep the University Gates Open for Georgia's DREAMers

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 6:13pm

Last week, seven undocumented students were arrested in Atlanta for engaging in a sit-in in front of Georgia State University. The students had gathered to call for the repeal of Georgia's discriminatory policy that denies undocumented students…

When It Comes to Immigration Detention and Enforcement, Georgia Sets a Terrible Example

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 12:00pm

On Monday, the ACLU of Georgia submitted testimony to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on conditions at Stewart and Irwin County Detention Centers as well as racial profiling in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. IACHR has a…

Georgia Must Enact Anti-Profiling Laws

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 11:34am

When I testified this month before the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform, a committee of 14 Republicans convened to draft legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session, I reminded them about the continued obligation of Georgia…

Standing Up for Your Faith Could Get You Arrested in Douglasville, Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 12:23pm

Yesterday, I joined Lisa Valentine in front of the Douglasville Municipal Courthouse to announce a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Georgia on her behalf.

This was the same courthouse that Mrs. Valentine attempted to enter in…

Time to Reckon with Torture

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 3:53pm

(Originally posted at the Daily Report.)

This past February, I was at a hearing in the Georgia House Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee to testify against a measure that would have had the effect of keeping the prison at Guantánamo…

Why Colleges Should Not Enter Dangerous Terrain of Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 11:12am

(Originally posted on AJC.com)

Jessica Colotl, the 21-year-old exemplary Kennesaw State college student who fell victim to the Cobb sheriff’s abuse of the 287(g) power, which delegates some federal immigration enforcement authority…

ICE's Misplaced Priorities: The Numbers Speak for Themselves and the Stories Cry Out for Justice

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 4:04pm

This past Wednesday, Jessica Colotl was released from the Etowah Detention Center in Alabama and allowed to reunite with her family back in Cobb County, Georgia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has granted Jessica deferred action …

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