GA Gov. candidate brings 'Deportation Bus' to South Georgia

South Georgia reacts to deportation bus
South Georgia reacts to deportation bus
South Georgia reacts to deportation bus
Posted at 6:35 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 14:37:59-04

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - The 'deportation bus' that has been making national news was in Douglas Monday, as part of the Michael Williams for governor campaign.

About 30 to 40 people came out to protest the deportation bus, and ask questions about candidate Michael Williams' plan to promote school safety, and of course, his plans to deal with illegal immigration.

The gathering was peaceful.

The tour continued to Tifton and will make a stop in Valdosta late Monday.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams spoke with a few protesters about his plans to bring in illegal immigrants.

His plan is to have local sheriff deputies to become active ICE Agents and make the deportation process faster.

“Nothing on that bus is wrong," Williams said. "We only talk about illegal immigration. We talk about Mexico. It’s the country that sits south of our border. You can’t get to our country from the south unless you go through Mexico. So everything is very fact-based, and that’s what we’re focusing on."

Many protesters complained that he didn't stay his full 30 minutes scheduled for questions. Williams says the protesters have to realize that his plans will make them safer.

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(WTXL) - Georgia voters will come out Tuesday to vote in the state's primary, but one race being watched closely is for the governor's office.

With final stops planned for south Georgia cities like Tifton and Valdosta, Michael Williams is campaigning right up to the day voters will narrow down the field of candidates for governor.

But Williams' bus tour has caused some controversy, garnering attention far outside of Georgia.

"We're going to implement my plan to fill this bus with illegals and send them back to where they came from."

That plan has some Georgians excited, according to Facebook posts, while other's have come out in protest, blocking the bus from moving.

That's not the only bump in the road, either, from breaking down to requests from Cracker Barrel to stop meeting at their locations.

In a statement saying in part that "We take pride in showing our communities and our country that the hospitality we practice is indeed welcoming and inclusive to all."

Williams is still slated to visit Tifton at 1:30 p.m. Leesburg at 3:30 p.m. and a final stop in Valdosta at 6:30 p.m.