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We, the following residents of the State of Georgia, call on Governor Nathan Deal to intervene and end the attacks on the City of Decatur by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. In early October, Lieutenant Governor Cagle inaccurately claimed that the city of Decatur’s police policy of not prolonging the detention of people at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without a judicially issued warrant is in violation of Georgia’s “anti-sanctuary” law. The City of Decatur’s Attorney Bryan Downs has stated repeatedly that the city’s policy is in full compliance with current Georgia law and upholds the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  

Instead of admitting that the city of Decatur is indeed in full compliance with Georgia law and is upholding the 4th amendment as per written communication from the City of Decatur, Lt. Governor Cagle has escalated his reckless and opportunist attacks with an online petition demanding that state funding be withheld from the City of Decatur. Through his rhetoric and actions, Lieutenant  Governor Cagle intensifies divisions in the state, damages the state’s reputation, and sabotages the state’s ability to be seen as welcoming to incoming residents and businesses. His attacks further demonstrates his lack of understanding of our 4th Amendment Rights. What he is calling for is a violation of our fundamental rights under the Constitution. This is not a Decatur issue. This is a Georgia issue.

We call on Governor Deal to put a stop to the baseless attacks, racist lies, and threats towards the City of Decatur. We condemn Lt. Governor Cagle’s attempts to further his campaign for governor by targeting immigrants, refugees, and communities of color for political benefit. By taking the action that it did, we believe the City of Decatur is upholding the values of equality, diversity, and justice for all its residents. In today’s political climate of white supremacist hate, fear, and bigotry, we believe these values should be upheld not only in Decatur and sister cities and counties with similar policies, but in the state of Georgia and the country as a whole.

In addition to signing this petition, please call Governor Deal’s office at 404-656-1776. We demand an end to the attacks on the city of Decatur by Lt. Governor Cagle and support upholding the constitutional rights of all Georgia residents.

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