Georgia Lawmakers Want Penalty For Sheriffs Failing To Enforce Illegal Immigration Reporting Mandate

Aiexpress – Lawmakers in Georgia are pushing for increased scrutiny of the state’s sheriffs.

State Representative Jess Petrea has sponsored The Georgia Criminal Alien Track and Report Act, which he has been diligently working on for over a year. However, following the tragic death of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student, lawmakers have expedited the bill for a vote.

Sheriffs who refuse to comply with the state law requiring them to record and report illegal immigrants booked into county jails may face a misdemeanor charge under the proposed bill.

“This bill was presented to the sheriffs a year ago, well before any comments were made about the tragic event. It is absolutely unacceptable, and we must address this issue. If we fail to do so, we should be ashamed,” Petrea expressed.

According to Petrea, there are sheriffs in sanctuary cities who intentionally fail to record and report inmate data to the federal government, despite the fact that it is a requirement.


Petrea is optimistic that his bill will serve as a means to identify individuals residing unlawfully in Georgia. By doing so, immigration and customs enforcement agents can promptly address their situation. It is worth noting that the bill has gained significant attention in the State Capitol, particularly after the unfortunate passing of Riley.

Jose Ibarra, the man charged with her murder, is confirmed to be an immigrant by ICE. He had a previous arrest and was released on parole while awaiting further processing.

According to Terry Norris from the Georgia Sheriffs Association, he believes that the bill is founded on a misconception. In a recent survey conducted by their office, the majority of sheriffs across the state reported similar findings.

Norris expressed his belief that criminalizing this action is going too far.

A misdemeanor charge could result in a suspension of duties, but it does not automatically result in the immediate removal from office. To address this issue, the Georgia Sheriffs Association has proposed a change that would reduce the severity of the offense.

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