Her decision follows similar actions by Atlanta’s City Council last month and Clarkston’s City Council in May.
Asked about Decatur’s policy, an ICE spokesman referred to a statement Acting ICE Director Tom Homan issued last month about “sanctuary jurisdictions,” or communities that don’t fully cooperate with his agency.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration,” Homan said. “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”
An Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter and photojournalist went on a ride along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Austell to give an intimate look at how they are doing their jobs amid the Trump administration's aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration.