ATLANTA — Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Atlanta, Thursday.
The Vice President was in town to visit the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Atlanta field office. That's where Pence was briefed about the work of local ICE agents and the "broader mission of border security."
After, the Vice President gave remarks to ICE agents and community leaders on the importance of securing the country's southern border.
11Alive's Ryan Kruger was there for Thursday's speech, which was mainly a "thank you" to the men and women who work in the field office, one of the busiest in the country.
In addition, Pence highlighted some of the arrests that ICE agents have made in the area - including one made in Riverdale, Georgia Wednesday night.
"Atlanta and Georgia are safer today because of the outstanding work of the men and women of ICE in Georgia," Pence said.
After, ICE entered into an agreement with a private facility in Clayton County to house detainees. There are three other detention centers in Georgia, hours away from Atlanta, in Lumpkin, Ocilla and Folkston.
The visit also comes in the midst of President Trump declaring a "national emergency" at the southern border in an attempt to get more than $8 billion for a border wall - a move Congress tried to block last week. However, the President issued his first veto to overrule that bi-partisan measure by lawmakers that sought to stop the emergency declaration.