“I don’t know about you, but we’re going to fight to make sure that Atlanta is a refuge from evil,” he said. “I know a thing about politics: We want Atlanta to be a sanctuary city before January 2018. But if it’s not, it will be when I become mayor.”
A handful of major cities – and dozens of smaller ones – have declared themselves “sanctuary cities.” Though the meaning varies widely, it typically signals that the city won’t work with federal immigration authorities to hand over people in the country illegally.
Reed has said Atlanta will be a “welcoming” city that is open to all and he has condemned Trump’s immigration policies. But he’s stopped short of declaring Atlanta a “sanctuary.”
Such a move could have vast financial consequences. Trump last week signed an executive order that seeks to strip federal grant funding from cities that defy federal immigration rules – although many big-city mayors are preparing to fight that move in court.