According to Splinter, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams is planning on a misguided promotional stunt in which he drives a "deportation bus" through the state in an offensive effort to gain voters.
According to a press release, he will use the tour to "expose how unsafe illegal aliens ruin local economies, cost American jobs, increase healthcare costs, and lower education standards". "We're going to put them on this bus, and send them home", Williams says in the ad. "We're not just going to track them and 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.
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The message is accompanied by a video showing Williams descending from a converted school bus, which reads "Danger: murderers, rapists, kidnappers, molesters and other criminals onboard".
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"We have our bus tour ready to go, but it's not going to be one of those pansy, political bus tours".
"Follow me to Mexico", it says.
Williams touted his role in some of the country's toughest immigration laws, including one that requires local law enforcement to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they have an undocumented immigrant in custody. He said he plans to implement a "287 (g) deportation plan", referring to the federal program that would allow local and state authorities to enforce immigration law in their jurisdictions.
In the official press release, Williams' campaign says he is "the most outspoken anti-illegal candidate in Georgia's history".
Williams faces a hard primary on May 22 to replace term-limited Governor Nathan Deal.
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". "The Michael Williams 'Deportation Bus, '" he continued.