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Rep. Loudermilk: Atlanta Mayor More Concerned with Making a Political Statement than Safety and Security of Georgians

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Washington, September 12, 2018 | comments
Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) appeared on “Varney & Co.” on Fox Business Network to discuss the Atlanta Mayor’s decision to end the city’s contract with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement); the city will no longer accept or house illegals arrested by ICE.

What is behind Atlanta’s Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, decision to end the city’s contract with ICE?

“Nancy Pelosi is a trendsetter for Democrats across the nation; and when the Democrats decided we need to remove ICE as an official entity of the government, all the far left liberals throughout the nation – including a red state like Georgia – are falling in line. Because to them it’s more important to make a political statement than it is to ensure the safety and security of Americans.”

What kind of support does Mayor Bottoms have in the city of Atlanta?

“We are going to see the kind of support she has when the truth comes out because there is a lot of hypocrisy built in this executive order… The mayor said she did this in response to the separation of families at the border, which we all know was going on well before this president. Well, that was a different organization involved in separating families, not ICE. What she is doing, is ordering the detainees in the Atlanta city jail to be moved to, her words, ‘substandard facilities,’ that are, in some cases, hours away. So, they are separating the detainees from where their families and attorneys are.”

What does this decision mean for the city of Atlanta and ICE?

“This is counterproductive... Look, this is all about making a political statement. It does jeopardize the safety and security of people in Atlanta, and it does jeopardize the safety and security of ICE agents here who will be put in more dangerous situations. And by them [city of Atlanta] saying they will not cooperate with ICE, that is unbelievable because they are on the forefront of stopping an opioid crisis… Last year, ICE intercepted almost 3,000 lbs. of fentanyl, which is a key element in opioids, and is enough to kill the entire population of Atlanta.”

What should Atlanta be focused on instead of making political statements?

“The city of Atlanta has numerous problems. There was a cybersecurity attack on the city of Atlanta several months ago, where data was lost and is still being held hostage, to which the city has spent $3 million trying to recover… State and federal investigators are investigating massive corruption within the city of Atlanta, and just a couple of months ago, HUD stripped away from Atlanta a low income mortgage program because Atlanta is not responding to their requests for documentation… they [the left] are more interested in stopping ICE than ISIS.”
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