Georgia Mayor Privately Praised ‘Sanctuary’ Policy after Laken Riley Murder, Emails Show

Two days after the murder of Laken Riley, the Democrat mayor of Athens, Georgia privately praised his city’s “sanctuary” policies, according to damning emails.

Mayor Kelly Girtz praised the policy after he publicly insisted they were not in effect when the young nursing student was brutally killed by an illegal alien.

The exchange between Girtz and Clarke County Sheriff John Q. Williams was revealed in emails obtained by Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).

Additionally, the emails show the two were principally concerned with public backlash over Riley’s murder, rather than accepting accountability.

The contents of the emails are not a complete shock given manipulative public statements from Girtz.

In public, Girtz gushed with fake empathy at a press conference where he claimed Athens was not a “sanctuary city.”

“Trauma affects us all,” he added.

“And I understand in the wake of a great tragedy like this, we are all deeply hurt and everybody expresses their hurt differently.”

In his private emails, meanwhile, Girtz made a similar use of platitudes to avoid confronting the issue.

He told Williams he was focused on “comfort” and “unity.”

The emails, however, suggest the city leaders were primarily concerned with their own “comfort” and self-preservation.

Williams lamented that he was being blamed for the actions of his predecessor, Ira Edwards, who made it a policy not to honor ICE detainers without a warrant for another crime.

Sheriff Williams asked the mayor to clear up whether or not Athens is a sanctuary city and say so publicly.

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The mayor responded with liberal obfuscation and mush about “unity,” first telling Williams that there is no single definition of a “sanctuary city.”

Girtz went on to showcase the mind of a complete ideologue, sharing his belief in the “humane” approach to immigration enforcement, which Girtz justified on the contentious basis that migrants commit less crime than American citizens.

“I support the detainer policy as one that is both humane and following the well-documented propensity of immigrants in the U.S. to be less criminally inclined than the native-born population,” he said.

Girtz criticized the practice of detaining “undocumented persons who have not committed an offense for which no legal resident would be held, simply because a person is undocumented.”

Clearly, Girtz is not prioritizing his own residents, whom he has chosen to sacrifice for the sake of his insane liberal agenda.

Sheriff Williams isn’t in the clear, either.

Williams campaigned against arresting illegal immigrants.

He insisted that he didn’t want to contribute to a “culture of fear.”

The people of Athens were let down by their leaders, but the failure goes all the way up to the White House.

Biden can’t even say that Riley’s killer was an illegal immigrant.

However, Mayor Girtz would call that “humane.”

READ MORE – Laken Riley’s Mother Slams ‘Pathetic’ Biden for Referring to Her Daughter as ‘Lincoln’

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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