“Our city stands together,” Reed said in a release on Thursday afternoon. “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.”
Hundreds marched earlier this month in downtown Atlanta in hopes the metro would become a "sanctuary city." Such a designation, however, would violate Georgia law, which requires full compliance with federal immigration authorities.
Reed said the city will remain open to all, including immigrants, and pledged that Atlanta will stand firm in its commitment.