Atlanta Mayor Supports President’s Immigration Action, Tells Immigrants ‘Don’t Fear’

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, moderates a discussion during a town-hall style meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C., during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke in favor of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, which would offer some undocumented immigrants a reprieve from deportation.

Earlier this week, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary halt on the implementation of the president’s order.

“We are fighting fear. The president’s order was the right thing to do. His decision and his executive order will be upheld,” Reed said at an immigration town hall meeting Friday.

The move stood in contrast to the state of Georgia, which was among 26 states that sued the Obama administration over the executive order.

Reed said immigrants should still get ready to apply for relief from deportation and get their documents in order.

Oliva Saldivar, 49, said she was ready to apply under the president’s plan.

Because both of her children were born here and are U.S. citizens, she would be eligible to apply for relief under Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).  

She said she’s most looking forward to a work permit and starting her own business.

“I am a mother. I have a two kids. It’s hard to me [to not] have a job,” Saldivar said.

But Saldivar said she’s hopeful she’ll be able to apply.

“I’m ready,” she said.

The Obama administration has said it will appeal the judge’s ruling.  

According to the Pew Research Center, about 180,000 people in Georgia could be eligible for deportation relief.