Reed hints that Atlanta will be ‘Sanctuary City’

[private]Mayor Kasim Reed pledged Monday to stand up for the rights of immigrants and maintain Atlanta’s image as a “Welcoming City” to all its residents, even those from other countries.

“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,” Reed said in a statement released Monday afternoon. “Any threat to our constitutionally guaranteed liberty is a threat to all Atlantans.”

Although Reed did not use the words “Sanctuary City” in his statement, he said he would protect college students who are not legally residing in the U.S. because they were brought here as young children by their parents.

“We will continue to vigorously protect and support immigrant students who are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients,” Reed said. “We value the economic and cultural vitality these young people bring to our city.”

Reed is taking a similar position to Emory University President Claire Sterk, who is considering a proposal for Emory to be a “sanctuary campus” that would not cooperate with agencies that attempt to deport students.

Emory has already been admitting and providing financial assistance to DACA students who apply to the university.

Reed appeared to be pushing back against the statements of president-elect Donald Trump, who promised during his campaign that he would deport all 11 million undocumented residents of the U.S. Trump has called for making all Muslims register with the federal government.

“We know that many Atlantans are fearful and concerned about their families,” Reed said. “They question whether their freedoms will be upheld and lawfully protected. They worry that they will suffer persecution from a surge in bigotry.”

The mayor said the city would also move swiftly against persons who commit hate crimes. “We will prosecute crimes of this nature to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

© 2016 by The Georgia Report

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