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June 27, 2013

Gwinnett renews immigration enforcement agreement

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County has renewed an agreement allowing its officers to enforce some federal immigration laws.

Since 2009, Gwinnett County sheriff deputies have been able to check the immigration status of arrested people.

WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1aPTcdP ) reports that Chief Deputy Mike Boyd told county commissioners this week that more than 10,000 people have been identified as having committed possible immigration violations as a result of the program. The commission voted unanimously to renew the program.

Some want the program to end. Paula de Lima Villafan said the effort goes too far. She left Uruguay with her family at age 4.

Villafan said she got into a 2012 traffic accident and didn’t have a license. She said she faced deportation after being charged with a misdemeanor offense.

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