It is our great disappointment to inform you that a 287(g) memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by Knox County and ICE has appeared on the ICE website. You can read the MOA here.
In the absence of any explanation to the Knoxville community by either ICE or Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “JJ” Jones, we assume this means that the 287(g) program is going forward.
As you may already know, 287(g) is a voluntary program that enables local law enforcement to enforce some aspects of federal immigration law. For more information about this program, please see our statement here and this report by the American Immigration Council.
Everyone should be aware that the program is NOT YET fully operative in our county. At a minimum, the MOA requires KCSO training prior to full implementation. As we all know, the deportation machine is already alive and well in our jurisdiction through programs like Secure Communities.
We are working to monitor the situation as best we can, and we will provide more details are they become available. Now more than ever, we need your talents, energy, and commitment.