Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order on Wednesday banning the city’s jail from receiving new detainees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).
“I, like many others, have been horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy on children and families,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Bottoms said that Atlanta would no longer play a part in President Donald Trump’s policies that separate children from their families.
“My personal angst has been compounded by the City of Atlanta’s long-standing agreement with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to house ICE detainees in our City jail.”
The mayor said she understands that ICE detainees may be sent to for-profit jails out of the city, “But the inhumane action of family separation demands that Atlanta act now.”