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Atlanta Mayor Signs Order Refusing New ICE Detainees At City Jail

Keisha Lance Bottoms calls Trump separation policies "inhumane"

Maria Boynton
June 20, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms seems determined to ensure that the city she leads "continues to fulfill our legacy of inclusion, compassion and tolerance.”  In doing so, she has signed an Executive Order that prohibits the city's jail from allowing new detainees through the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, also known as ICE. Yet, Mayor Bottoms adds that she is concerned that refusing to accept detainees "will result in individuals being sent to private, substandard, for-profit facilities in the state, as these facilities do not offer publicly-funded access to legal representation that may help detainees successfully challenge their immigration status." But, she says the inhumane action of family separation demands that Atlanta act now.

In a statement released this afternoon, Mayor Bottoms said that she is "horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy on children and families." She goes on to say "My personal angst has been compounded by the City of Atlanta’s long-standing agreement with the U. S. Marshall’s Office to house ICE detainees in our City jail. While this arrangement may seem hypocritical to my personal stance, the reality of the detention of those seeking legal status in our country is most often not if they are detained, but where they will be held." Bottoms calls the immigration policy "despicable", adding that the City of Atlanta "will not take the risk of being complicit in the separation of families at the border."

Bottoms is also calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to enact "humane and comprehensive measures that address our broken immigration system."