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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee

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The city must not be complicit in President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families at the Mexican border, Bottoms said.

“I, like many others, have been horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy on children and families, Bottoms said in a statement.

“My personal angst has been compounded by the City of Atlanta’s long-standing agreement with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to house ICE detainees in our city jail.”

Bottoms said that she had concerns about a potential unintended consequence of individuals being sent to private, substandard, for-profit facilities elsewhere in the state as a result of the order.

“But the inhumane action of family separation demands that Atlanta act now,” she said.

>> Related: Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

Bottoms called on the Trump Administration and Congress to enact “humane and comprehensive measures that address our broken immigration system.”

A tent encampment holding the children of immigrants separated at the border was recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Looking past the tent encampment is the U.S/Mexico border. The Trump administration is using the Tornillo tent facility to house immigrant children separated from their parents after they were caught entering the U.S. under the administration's zero tolerance policy.
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