The City of Atlanta will no longer accept U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed the executive order Thursday morning and called for the five ICE detainees in the city’s detention center to be moved elsewhere.
Earlier this year, Bottoms signed a temporary executive order to stop accepting ICE detainees. City officials said that came because of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policies.
Bottoms said she was horrified by images of kids being ripped from their families and cited the city’s Civil Rights history as an inspiration behind her executive order.
“Atlanta will no longer be complicit in a policy that intentionally inflicts memory on a vulnerable population without giving any thought to the horrific fallout,” Bottoms said.
This doesn’t mean Atlanta is a “sanctuary” city, Bottoms said. She said her administration has always strived to be welcoming and inclusive to all groups of people.
The executive order, however, doesn’t end the city’s contract with U.S. Marshals. Law enforcement officials will still cooperate on other issues.
Bottoms also announced the city will work with Uber and other organizations to provide free transportation and meals to families reunited in Atlanta who were separated at the border.