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Atlanta City Council Ratifies Mayoral Executive Order on Acceptance of ​New ICE Detainees at City Detention Center

Post Date:07/02/2018 5:47 PM

News Release

Council Communications
Atlanta City Council
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Suite 2551
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

Dexter Chambers
Director, Office of Communications
Office: (404) 330-6309 / Cell: (404) 392-0159

July 2, 2018

Atlanta City Council Ratifies Mayoral Executive Order on Acceptance of
New ICE Detainees at City Detention Center

Approves Ordinance to Accept Grant Funding to Provide Holistic Deportation Defense Services to Indigent Detainees

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously ratified Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ June 20 Executive Order No. 2018-04 directing that the City of Atlanta not accept any new immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) detainees at the Atlanta Detention Center until the receipt of assurance that the Trump Administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the United States/Mexico Border and other ports of entry has been rescinded and all such separations have ceased.

Currently, there are 158 ICE detainees being held at the city detention center.

The City Council also approved an ordinance authorizing the Office of the Public Defender to accept a $100,000 grant from the Vera Institute of Justice to provide holistic deportation defense services to indigent detainees housed at the Atlanta City Detention Center. (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1397)

The Office of the Public Defender was established to provide representation of, and legal services to indigent defendants.

In February 2018, the Atlanta City Council approved Ordnance 18-O-1045 which, among other provisions, authorized the Office of the Public Defender “to provide assistance with jail discharge planning; assist with coordination of social services for defendants; and apply for grant funding on behalf of the city to support these efforts.”

The City of Atlanta, through the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs - Welcoming Atlanta, joined the Vera Institute of Justice SAFE (Safety & Fairness for Everyone) Cities Network in November 2017. The SAFE Cities network is a group of geographically and politically diverse local jurisdictions from around the country that are committed to keeping communities safe and strong by protecting due process and providing legal representation to immigrants facing deportation.

As a part of the SAFE Cities network the City of Atlanta qualified for the grant funding to catalyze local deportation defense services.

In other news, the Atlanta City Council approved by a vote of 13-0:

  • Ordinance 18-O-1393, which authorizes the appropriation of $23.1 million in federal funds to be used for funding various Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) projects that are assigned to the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and included in the 2018 Annual Action Plan of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.

  • Ordinance 18-O-1365, which authorizes AC Holdings, Inc., the owner and operator of CNN Airport Network to continue to provide network news broadcast system services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning July 16, 2018 and continuing month-to-month, but not to extend beyond six months. The current agreement expired July 15.

  • Ordinance 18-O-1394, which provides for the operation of microdistilleries in areas of the city zoned for commercial or mixed-use. Current law limits them to industrial zones.

  • Resolution 18-R-3841, authorizing calling for the city to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the amount of $16 million for the construction of the Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail. $1.5 billion in grant funds through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program will be awarded on a competitive basis to fund up to 80% of project costs of capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The application deadline established by USDOT is July 19, 2018. 


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