City admits at hearing that it orders police not to arrest violent illegal immigrant felons
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the leading conservative Republican candidate for governor, today blasted the sanctuary city of Decatur for defending its decision to order police officers not to arrest violent felons at a hearing held by the Immigration Enforcement Review Board (IERB) Tuesday. At the hearing, the board heard a complaint filed by Cagle against Decatur.
The city specifically admitted in response to questioning that:
1. Police officers have been ordered not to detain and deliver to federal authorities violent felons who have active deportation orders from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
2. The city has put a policy in place that if any officers detain these violent illegal aliens, then they will be subject to disciplinary action including firing.
“The evidence presented at the hearing by the city itself backs up my contention that Decatur is violating state law and acting as a sanctuary city,” said Cagle. “What floors me is that Decatur provides more leniency to criminal illegal immigrants than it does to citizens who’ve committed a similar crime. Decatur’s reckless policy is endangering Georgia’s families, and putting citizens at risk during a time when drug traffickers and MS13 gang members are spreading across the country.”
The IERB adjourned without issuing a ruling, saying it needed more time to review the evidence.
“To me, laws that I helped pass that are already on the books forbid what Decatur is doing,” Cagle said. “But if there’s any loophole – real or imagined – I intend to close it. If there’s any confusion in the law, I’m going to bring clarity.”
“In Georgia, we stand by President Trump’s efforts to end sanctuary city policies. Our elected officials are supposed to work with federal authorities to deport criminal illegal immigrants who threaten our communities, and there will be consequences for those that don’t.”