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A building in Marietta could be used to house immigrant children under a plan by a local nonprofit group.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, if you are wagering that sports betting may soon be legal in Georgia, your odds of being correct have just gotten better.

The Atlanta Hawks, the Braves, Atlanta United and the Falcons have joined forces to push the legislature to make it legal. Our panel weighs in on how the battle is likely to unfold in the upcoming session.

 


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When Luma Mufleh moved from Jordan to the United States in 1994 to attend Smith College, she didn’t imagine she’d ever be running a full-fledged school for refugees. But today, she’s founder of Fugees Academy in Clarkston, a school specifically tailored for the refugee population that uses soccer and a unique curriculum to help students adjust to life in the United States.

It has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, and it was recently named the “Nicest Place in Georgia” for 2019 by Reader’s Digest. Mufleh joined On Second Thought to discuss her journey building educational opportunities for refugee children.


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Buford Highway is an eight-mile stretch of highway between Atlanta and Buford, Georgia that has earned the reputation as the place to seek international cuisine in Atlanta.  But there’s more than just food – Buford Highway is also a thriving center of international cultures. More than a thousand immigrant-owned businesses have laid the economic and social foundations for building community along what the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has called, “Atlanta’s International Corridor.”

We Love BuHi” started as an Instagram page in 2015 to highlight the local businesses along Buford Highway. Today, it’s a bona fide non-profit that aims to build connections across the various communities thriving there through storytelling, art and community events.


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The federal department of Health and Human Services has reversed course on plans for new shelters for unaccompanied migrant children.

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Ocean Vuong dazzled the literary world with his first collection of poetry. His debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, was one of the most anticipated of the year.

Written in the form of a letter from a character named Little Dog to his illiterate mother, the novel charts Little Dog’s fraught path from childhood into adulthood and reckons with violence, loss and belonging. Severely bullied by his classmates and physically abused by his mother, whose trauma from life in Vietnam still weighs heavily on the family, Little Dog finds temporary refuge in drugs, a teenaged love affair and in the dyamic power of language itself.


In this photo provided by U.S.People who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the Trump administration issues new rules designed to further reduce the number of immigrants seeking new lives in the United States.

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A man has died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Georgia immigration detention center.

Pedro Arriago-Santoya, 44, was originally apprehended by ICE in Appling County. The Mexican national had been held  at the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin for a little over a week before before he complained of pain to medical personnel on July 20.

Plant McDonough-Atkinson in Smyrna, Ga is a natural gas plant capable of producing in excess of 2,500 MWs, enough energy to power approximately 625,000 homes.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the Public Service Commission is preparing to vote on a power plan that will determine how the state generates power and how much they will produce in the years ahead. A move away from coal is a mainstay of the plan.


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As the controversy over how unaccompanied migrant children are being housed continues,  the Department of Health and Human Services is looking for real estate in five American cities for new shelters, including Atlanta.

The request for bids from the federal General Services Administration looks at an area southwest of Atlanta taking in cities like Carrollton, Fayetteville, Union City and  Griffin.

Migrants watch clashes with U.S. border agents, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the immigration community takes a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump temporarily delayed plans to round up millions of undocumented immigrants across the country. What is next for Georgia’s immigrant community?

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Most weekdays, Ana wraps up cleaning houses around 4 and gets in her car. That’s when she starts her second job: cruising the streets of Houston County on the lookout for law enforcement officers.

Ana, who asks we only use her first name, cruises the four-lane arteries in the county south of Macon with eyes peeled for the police. Why? So she can warn undocumented immigrants about where not to drive.

 

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"Corridos" are a traditional form of storytelling through song, which became widely popular during the Mexican Revolution. They often tell stories of history, oppression, the common human experience and cultural heroes. These songs chronicle life (and sometimes death) in an easily shared and consumed format.

A new album by Athens-based musician and activist Beto Cacao carries on the tradition of this musical form. It's called Undocorridos: Songs of the Stories and Struggles of the Undocumented in the USA


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The federal government will not be opening a facility to house migrant children in Georgia after initially considering the state.

 

Fort Benning, near Columbus, was one of several potential sites that federal officials toured last week in the search for more space to house unaccompanied migrant children.

 

 


Rep. Doug Collins (R-9) joins Political Rewind to talk through the current issues on Capitol Hill and his work as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committe.
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Today on Political Rewind, Rep. Doug Collins has found himself in the national spotlight as a key defender of President Trump and as the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee.


President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, is greeted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty, as they arrive on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, March 8, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, federal officials visit Fort Benning to explore whether the massive military base would be a suitable location for housing immigrant children apprehended without parents at the Southern border. Could Georgia become a focal point for the controversy over how the administration cares for immigrant children?


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Following a recent visit to the border with Mexico, President Donald Trump said the United States is "full."

"Can't take you anymore," Trump said. "I'm sorry. Can't happen, so turn around. That's the way it is."

Fact checkers were quick to counter that declaration. They cited an aging and shrinking workforce, as well as America's slowing population growth, which is now at its lowest level since 1937. And cities like Atlanta and Macon are nowhere near capacity, according to Tim Keane and Josh Rogers. 


Millions of Americans are teetering on the brink of poverty, according to a new report from Prosperity Now that says 40 percent of all U.S. households – and 57 percent of households of color – could be knocked over the edge by one unexpected medical expense, lost paycheck or job loss.

That financial instability is mirrored in housing insecurity, and, while homelessness in Atlanta is on the decline, Fulton County remains by far the highest among the national benchmark counties, according to the Department for Housing and Urban Development. 

 


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The federal government remains open.  President Trump has declared a state of emergency to build a border wall, and the structure's future is now up to the courts.  The president had been using the potential extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to try to sway Democrats toward his fiscal plan.  Now, the future of that program is unclear.

That political uncertainty permeates life at Atlanta's Freedom University. It provides college prep and leadership development classes for undocumented students in Georgia. "On Second Thought" invited Freedom University executive director Emiko Soltis to speak about the university and its mission. DACA recipients Arizbeth Sanchez and Raymond Partolan also joined the conversation.


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According to the American Immigration Council, about 25 percent of the nearly one million physicians who practice medicine in the United States were trained in foreign medical schools. In Georgia, about 17 percent of doctors were born in another country, but they face high barriers to entry into the U.S.

 

That could be a cause for concern in states like Georgia, which has a severe shortage of physicians. The problem is especially pronounced in rural areas. Nearly a third of Georgia counties don't have a pediatrican. Six have no doctor at all. In places like Houston County, doctors from India have revitalized the landscape of medical care.

 

 


Today on the show, we discussed the upcoming Georgia special session on hurricane relief and heard from actors telling immigrant stories through "Accents."

We heard GPB's Leah Flemming interview Joshua Johnson about "1A" ahead of his visit to the studios on Thursday.

Gov. Nathan Deal called a special session of the Georgia legislature for Nov. 13 to address the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. We spoke with "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut about political responses to Hurricane Michael as well as the gubernatorial debates between Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp and Ted Metz.

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A foreign accent can invite intrigue, conversations and stereotypes. One Atlanta group wants to debunk the stigma for immigrants. "Accents" is a web sitcom featuring six actors from different backgrounds. 


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces on Thursday the city will no longer accept ICE detainees at the jail.
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The City of Atlanta will no longer accept U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed the executive order Thursday morning and called for the five ICE detainees in the city’s detention center to be moved elsewhere.


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More than a hundred advocates poured into Atlanta’s City Hall Monday asking the city council to move forward in closing the Atlanta detention center.


Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp on stage during a primary election night party in Athens, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the ballot in Georgia’s 2018 midterm election is divided along money lines. Multimillionaires and candidates of more modest financial means are running in high-profile races. After reviewing financial disclosure statements from several candidates, our panel discusses whether personal wealth will be a blessing or a curse in this year’s contest.


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Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are laying out the issues and the lines of attack they’ll take into the fall campaign for governor. 


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Efrain de la Rosa, a 40-year-old detainee at ICE’s Stewart detention center in Lumpkin, was found dead in his cell last Tuesday.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the preliminary cause of death was self-inflicted strangulation.  The case remains under investigation.


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Shortly after President Donald Trump signed the immigration ban, thousands of state department employees issued a dissent cable to Rex Tillerson.

RELATED: At State Department, 'Dissent Channel' In High Gear With Refugee Ban Protests

Last month, the Supreme Court decided to uphold the ban. Chris Richardson, once a former U.S. diplomat, has now become an immigration lawyer at an Atlanta firm.


There has been another death at Georgia’s largest immigration detention facility.

 

Efrain De La Rosa, 40, was the second apparent suicide and the third death overall at the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin in the last 15 months.

 

 

According to a press release from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, De La Rosa died Thursday night from self strangulation.

 

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