Reed: Trump’s Immigration Executive Order “Promotes Dangerous Policy”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed didn’t mince any words when slamming President Trump’s sanctuary city Executive Order.

Reed said the order to halt federal funds to cities that don’t spend resources finding and detaining undocumented citizens “violates the principals of the Constitution.”*^

In a statement, Reed added:

Atlanta is the leading cultural and economic center of the Southeast precisely because of our legacy of inclusion. My administration is determined to use the full strength of that position to lead with policies that uphold and enhance the civil rights of all our residents, because any threat to our constitutionally guaranteed liberty is a threat to all Atlantans.

Atlanta and by all accounts every major city in the U.S. are deemed Sanctuary Cities for their unwillingness to ferret out and arrest undocumented citizens.

You can read the rest of Reed’s statement below the fold.

*IANAL however there does seem to be more evidence than not that the Executive Order does violate the Constitution.

^If you are a proponent of small government/reigning in federal authorities, there’s really no way to square that philosophy with this policy. 

Mayor Kasim Reed Statement in Response to Executive Orders on Immigration

ATLANTA – “As a member of the Cities for Action coalition for federal immigration reform, I join my fellow Mayors across the country in condemning the President’s executive orders on immigration issued yesterday.

Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city. We are a community which has stood up for the civil and human rights of every person, and we will not waver now.

Atlanta is the leading cultural and economic center of the Southeast precisely because of our legacy of inclusion. My administration is determined to use the full strength of that position to lead with policies that uphold and enhance the civil rights of all our residents, because any threat to our constitutionally guaranteed liberty is a threat to all Atlantans.

Our city stands together. We believe the President’s executive orders violate the principles of the U.S. Constitution. We believe these orders promote dangerous public policy, eroding trust between public safety agencies and the communities they serve, which will undermine public safety in the City of Atlanta and nationwide. We believe the courts will agree.

As Mayor, I pledge that Atlanta city government will stand firm in its commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and will remain open and welcoming to all.”

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