Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2017
Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on Refugees Detained at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order that caused 11 individuals to be denied entry to the United States upon arrival at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This order is carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. At this time, all 11 detainees have been cleared through Hartsfield-Jackson.
“While the actions of Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn should be applauded, it is evident that President Trump’s executive order barring refugees and migrants from several Muslim countries has already caused chaos, confusion and irreparable harm.
Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city. We are a community which has stood up for the civil and human rights of every person, and we will not waver now.
I firmly believe that President Trump’s executive orders violate the principles of the U.S. Constitution. These orders promote dangerous public policy, eroding the trust between public safety agencies and the communities they serve, which will undermine public safety in the City of Atlanta and across our country.
Our city stands shoulder to shoulder with those who have been unfairly targeted as a result of this executive order.”
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