Traveling to Georgia as U.S. Court Affirms Rights of Police to Verify People’s Immigration Status

The federal appeals court ruled that Georgia law enforcement may check the immigration status of those who fail to produce ‘proper’ identification, as the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice, a group of undocumented immigrants publicly speaking about their status, arrives to work with local communities.

Tifton, GA – Yesterday the United States federal appeals court ruled in favor the section in Georgia’s HB 87, affirming the right of local law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if they are suspected of a crime or fail to produce proper identification. The ruling also blocked several provisions considered violation of constitutional rights and undermining of the powers of the federal government, including the making it a crime to transport, “induce or entice” undocumented immigrants to travel to the state.

The No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is a national delegation of undocumented people and allies that left Phoenix, Arizona on the anniversary of the state's implementation of SB1070, July 29th, and is travelling across the country to rally the migrant community to overcome fear and organize to challenge anti-immigrant policies. While in Georgia, they will be visiting members of theComites Populares (CPG) in Tifton, Warner Robins, and Atlanta, relating to Secure Communities programs, deportations, access to education, deferred action, and detention of undocumented immigrants.

Calendar of No Papers No Fear Events in Georgia

What: Press conference and cultural event in Tifton, GA
When: Wednesday August 22, 2012; 6:00-8:30 pm. Press conference at 6:00 PM.
Where: 1205 Love Avenue, Tifton, GA, 31794

What: Press conference and cultural event in Warner Robins, GA
When: Thursday August 23, 2012; 6:00-8:30 pm. Press conference at 6:00 PM.
Where: 300 South David Rd, Warner Robins, GA. 31088

What: No Papers No Fear rally and press conference
When: Friday August 24, 2012; 2:00-3:00 pm
Where: Atlanta Detention Center, 254 Peachtree Street SW, Atlanta, GA. 30303

What: Public testimonies and cultural event
When: Saturday August 25, 2012; 2:00-5:00 PM
Where: 4166 Buford Hwy NW Atlanta, GA, 30303

The No Papers No Fear ride was inspired by actions of undocumented young people, such as coming out of the shadows events and civil disobedience actions, that have demonstrated the power and results of communities acting and speaking for themselves, the riders are undocumented people from all over the country and their allies, including mothers, fathers, day laborers, people in deportation proceedings, students, and many others who continue to face threats of deportation, harassment, and death while simply looking for a better life in the only nation many of them know and call home.

More information on the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is at, and follow @undocubus on twitter for updates. Selected bios of participants for the No Papers No Fear Justice Ride attached below.

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