Monday, 28 May, 2018

Deportation bus: Georgia GOP Gubernatorial candidate's controversial tour bus

Culture This Georgia Candidate Wants to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants In a Deportation Bus Culture This Georgia Candidate Wants to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants In a Deportation Bus
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 17:12

State Sen. Michael Williams's campaign said in a press release that the tour will "expose how risky illegal aliens ruin local economies, cost American jobs, increase healthcare costs and lower education standards".

In his minute-long YouTube video, Williams states that his political tour won't be some "pansy political bus tour", but that he is going to implement his anti-immigration policy to "Fill the bus with illegals to send them back to where they came from".

"We're not just going to track them, or watch them roam around our state".

Marco Esparza, a host on La Raza, an Atlanta Spanish-language radio station, shared photos of the bus on Facebook after a listener sent them to him.

In a press release Tuesday, Williams said his message is simple: shining a light on what he claims are "the dangers of sanctuary cities and the overwhelming problem of illegal immigration".

Williams' bus is also plastered with the words "murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molestors [sic], and other criminals on board", parroting President Donald Trump's frequent, nonfactual talking point regarding immigrants.

"Follow me to Mexico", it says.

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However, he is confident in his approach to immigration as he prides himself on his role in establishing the law that requires local authorities to notify immigration officials when they have an undocumented immigrant in their custody.

As Vice notes, Williams' campaign website says he's a supporter of 287 (g), a federal program that allows local and state cops to turn undocumented people over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement regardless of the nature of their arrest.

He is the most outspoken anti-illegal candidate in Georgia's history.

Williams is one of seven Republicans competing for Governor Nathan Deal's (R) seat in the May 22 primary. "The Michael Williams 'Deportation Bus, '" he continued.

Michael Williams, a state senator and a former Georgia co-chair for the Trump campaign, is running in the Republican primary race and promising to "expedite the deportation process and send a clear message to illegal communities that they are not welcomed in Georgia".

A spokesman for Williams said that he thought the militia were gun-rights advocates, and called the controversy over the photo "the stupidest thing in the world".

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