Georgia officials "symbolically" balk against Trump's sanctuary cities crackdown
Amid new threats from the Justice Department to pull federal funding from so-called "Sanctuary Cities," some Georgia officials are making moves to push back against the warning.
But only symbolically, because money is involved.
On Tuesday night, the city of Clarkston voted unanimously in favor of a stance of non-cooperation with federal immigration officials. In practice, it would mean that the city would refuse to arrest anyone based on requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It's tough talk, but it's also cheap. According to an interview Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry gave to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the move is "more of a symbolic measure."
“Practically speaking, we are not going to hold anyone for longer than a couple of hours in a holding cell before they get transferred to the DeKalb jail. But people in the community were fearful, and there were lots of very moving stories,” Terry said.
On Wednesday, the Fulton County Commission is also slated to determine whether or not they will call themselves a "compassionate region," which sounds pretty but does absolutely nothing to affect the law.
While sanctuary cities are technically illegal everywhere, Georgia also outlawed them in 2009. Recently, the state legislature went a step further and promised to revoke taxpayer dollars from colleges and universities who declare themselves as "sanctuary campuses."