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Smyrna woman hangs American flag upside down over illegal immigrant ordinance

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Mary Kirkendoll said it wasn't an easy decision to fly the American flag upside down, but she said it was the right thing to do. She said the symbol for a person in distress reflects how she feels after the Cobb County Commission voted against implementing a tough new anti-illegal immigration measure.

"I believe what happened Tuesday was our own local government turning its back on the people who elected them. They turned their back on their own country and I said it's got to be over, it's got to be over - this is serious," said Kirkendoll, a Smyrna resident.

The measure would have required businesses that work with the county to have the federal immigration agents inspect their employment records for illegal immigrants.

"For Cobb County to vote to not allow federal agent to simply come in and simply check over and audit these contractors, then they are aligning themselves with the criminal behavior and it breaks my heart," said Kirkendoll.

"Quite frankly I think the businesses we do work with are outstanding businesses that follow the law," said Tim Lee.

Lee is the chairman of the Cobb County Commission. He said the commission made the right decision.

"I don't believe it is right for us to mandate another layer, or bureaucracy on businesses that have not shown that there is an issue that needs to be addressed within the companies we already do business with," said Lee.

Lee said there aren't current plans to implement additional anti-illegal immigration measures, but he said that could change if situations warrant it.

"I do not believe them at all," said Kirkendoll.

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