Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday that her city would permanently end its cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) requests to detain people.
Bottoms painted her decision as a way to avoid complicity in the family migrant separations at the border.
“We will not be complicit in an immigration policy that intentionally inflicts misery on vulnerable populations,” she said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta has permanently ended its acceptance of ICE detainees and will immediately transfer all those remaining out of our City jail. We will not be complicit in an immigration policy that intentionally inflicts misery on vulnerable populations. Read Here: https://t.co/fdP46uXTee pic.twitter.com/Oe0JrdeGZ2
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) September 6, 2018
Bottoms said she would transfer the remaining ICE detainees from her city's detention center as part of an executive order she signed that day. Only five ICE detainees remained after Bottoms signed an executive order months earlier that blocked new ones from entering her city's jail.
In June, when she signed that order, the Atlanta City Detention Center had 205 ICE detainees.
Watch her announcement below:
Bottoms' announcement came against the backdrop of vehement denunciations of ICE and an administration that threatened to cut sanctuary jurisdictions' funding. The administration has also defended the organization amid calls to abolish the agency.