A gubernatorial candidate who is currently Forsyth County’s state senator recently told his constituents Democrats “must accept fault” for the rape of a Gwinnett County woman who was brutally abused in front of her two young sons in May.
In a blast email Friday morning, District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams, whose district covers the majority of Forsyth County, said the assault was a “direct result of a careless immigration policy that has been pushed on our nation for years by the Democrats.”
According to Gwinnett County Detention Center jail logs, at least one of the men accused of the rape has a “hold for immigration” charge by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“This never had to happen,” Williams’ email read. “Maybe the most infuriating aspect of this incident is that it could have been avoided. This family could have been prevented the horrific torture they endured.
“Will the Democrats be held responsible for the rape and torture of this Gwinnett family? Will CNN push a camera in Chuck Schumer's face and ask him to answer for the responsibility Democrats have in this incident and other incidents like it?”
Williams, who announced his candidacy for governor on June 1, told the Forsyth County News that if elected, he would directly address issues such as the rape, starting with a statewide implementation of the 287(g) program – a deportation program to send illegal immigrants back to their home countries.
“The 287(g) program is where ICE enforces immigration laws,” he said. “But why don’t we make every single law enforcement agency across the state an extension of ICE? We have to make people aware of and enforce immigration laws so these things don’t happen.”
In his email Friday morning, Williams echoed some of President Donald Trump’s sentiments on illegal immigration, briefly mentioning Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Williams was the first elected official in Georgia to endorse the president when he announced his candidacy in June 2015.
When asked, Williams told the FCN he was not politicizing the rape; rather, he said, he was raising awareness of an issue few are comfortable talking about.
“We have to start to start addressing these tough subjects or they’re never going to be fixed,” he said. “Stuff like this will continue to happen as long as we bury our heads in the sand and don’t talk about it.”
Also currently running for governor are current Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, District 6 state Sen. Hunter Hill and Williams.
None of the other gubernatorial candidates returned FCN’s request for comment.