Atlanta: Dem Mayor Orders City To End Relationship With ICE

Atlanta is preparing to permanently end its relationship with ICE in regards to accepting immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Jail, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday.

She signed an executive order on Thursday and removed most of the detainees. As of Thursday evening, just five detainees remained in the city jail, a huge drop from 205 detainees counted in June.

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Atlanta is preparing to permanently end its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in regards to accepting immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Jail, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday.

“We will no longer be complicit with a policy that intentionally inflicts misery on a vulnerable population without giving any thought to the fallout,” Lance Bottoms said. “As the birthplace of the civil rights movement, we are called to be better than this.”

Thursday’s announcement comes after Lance Bottoms signed an executive order in June that said the city would not accept any more ICE detainees. She also issued an executive order to end the contract between ICE and the city jail.

Since then, Lance Bottoms said several ICE detainees have been removed from the jail with approximately five people still held. More

Holding ICE detainee’s has been profitable for Atlanta. They have been paid $78 a day for each detainee held in the jail through a contract with the US Marshals Service. The city raked in $7.5million through the deal for this fiscal year as of June that’s more than a fifth of the jail’s annual $33milllion budget.

Are these people out of their minds? This cannot possibly be legal!

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