Fort fights for foreign refuge

Atlanta mayoral candidate pledges to make city a sanctuary for refugees

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Carter White

During protests at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Sunday, Atlanta mayoral candidate and state senator Vincent Fort announced he would make Atlanta a “sanctuary city” if elected. The pledge follows President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from several primarily-muslim countries. Fort voiced his disapproval of the order in his speech.

“I don’t know about you, but we’re going to fight to make sure that Atlanta is a refuge from evil,” Fort said.

The Democrat has stated that he is modeling his policies largely off of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Fort later gained endorsement from Sanders himself. Fort joined the mayoral race back in November, where he began making promises such as his vow to support the decriminalization of marijuana.

Following the order, current Mayor Kasim Reed stated that Atlanta will take less forward action while he is in office.

“It’s not necessary to have a hostile relationship toward this administration, except for the decisions we’re seeing right out of the gate,” Reed said.

Reed acknowledges that there may come a point where passivity will no longer be acceptable to him. He does not know when or if that time will come.

“It’s like the standard for pornography – you know it when you see it,” Reed said.

Fort was not the only government official present in support of the airport march, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. also appeared.

“We are a nation of fighters. I know by your presence here, you’re ready to fight,” Fort said.