Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and candidate for Georgia Governor, is threatening the removal of funding to the City of Decatur over its application of Georgia’s immigration laws.
The dispute is over if federal immigration officers (ICE) can hold someone in jail for 48-hours after they have been released. Cagle wants the City of Decatur to communicate and cooperate with state law about returning immigrants, who are here illegally, over to federal law enforcement.
According to Cagle’s campaign letter released to potential voters, the letter advocated the following:
Unlike Decatur’s “leaders” who are comfortable advancing political stunts, I am taking real action. Yesterday, I submitted a formal grievance with the Immigration Enforcement Review Board to begin the defunding process that is called for under Georgia law. – Cagle Campaign.
Cagle urged voters to petition “so that we can rein in Decatur’s liberal overreach and ensure CRIMINAL illegal immigrants aren’t free to roam our streets.”
The Mayor of the Decatur, Patti Garrett, is saying that they will turn over anyone with a judicial warrant illegal, but not a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
State law requires that illegal immigrants that have been detained be given back to ICE to speed up the deportation process. Cagle is using an immigration board, which has only been used sparingly, to file a complaint against the City of Decatur. The City of Decatur insists that the city’s policy does not violate state law.