Republican's campaign for Georgia governor includes 'deportation bus'

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

"We have our bus tour ready to go, but it's not going to be one of those pansy, political bus tours".

"We're not just going to track them and watch them roam around our state, we're going to put them on this bus and send them home", Williams said in a video promoting the bus trip.

The back of the bus is emblazoned with a warning that reads "DANGER!"

Mayor Terry and other critics worry the messages emblazoned on the bus like "Danger: Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters and other criminals on board" is risky rhetoric.

The 287 (g) immigration program that Williams speaks of allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.

Critics of the program say it is costly for the localities, targets relatively minor criminals, and can damage the relationship between police and communities.

But Cagle takes a hard line on undocumented immigrants as well - in a statement on Cagle's campaign site the lieutenant governor says he's "led the fight to defund and outlaw sanctuary cities" and has ensured "that criminal illegal aliens could not terrorize our families".

In March, the Trump administration filed a lawsuit against the state of California - where sanctuary policies are enshrined in law - for obstructing "federal immigration enforcement efforts".

It wasn't enough with Roy Moore and his camp or the conspiracy theories of Fox and Friends, now there is a candidate for the governor of Georgia who campaigns in what he has called "the deportation bus". There's little disputing that, now that we've seen the Deportation Bus. After serving two terms already, Deal is mandated to step down. As anti-immigrant sentiments run high, Williams' deportation bus seems like a ploy to bolster his chances.

A recent poll conducted by the University of Georgia found that 3 percent of voters say they support him.

Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams - who claims he's the "most outspoken anti-illegal candidate" in the state's history - plans to visit each of "Georgia's unsafe sanctuary cities" in coming days, his campaign said in a statement. "Well, this is it", said Williams.

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