Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms yesterday signed an executive order ending the city’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and calling for all remaining illegal alien detainees to be transferred out of the Atlanta City Detention Center. Critics say it basically turns Atlanta into a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants and prompted neighboring Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway to tell InsiderAdvantage: “I am open to take a look at holding these ICE prisoners and willing to talk to ICE about it.”
The federal ICE agency, tasked with not just arresting and deporting illegal aliens but also sex and drug traffickers, pays for the housing of criminal immigrants. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the lost revenue represents one-fifth of the Atlanta’s jail’s budget.
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