Update: We recently learned that a signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) between ICE and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “JJ” Jones has appeared on the ICE website. For more information, click here.
Please join us for a community briefing to learn more about Knox County’s recent application for 287(g). The 287(g) program, which authorizes local police to act as immigration agents, has a proven track record of abuses and civil rights violations.
We will discuss the current status of 287(g) in Knox County and what we have already done to fight back. Please join us to learn how you can be involved.
What: 287(g) Community Briefing
When: Saturday, May 20, 2 – 4 pm
Where: St. James Episcopal Church
Join AKIN and Bridge Refugee Services Wednesday, February 1 at 12:30 pm in Market Square as we support our immigrant, refugee, and Muslim brothers and sisters.
The vigil will begin at 12:30 pm on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. We will observe silence until 1pm followed by a walk to the City County building where we will deliver a letter voicing our support for immigrants, refugees, and Muslims to the offices of Senator Bob Corker, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Representative John Duncan, Jr.
We are encouraging people to wear red, white, and/or blue.
Please bring signs showing your support for immigrants and refugees!
Our January meeting will be this Wednesday, January 18, sandwiched between inspiration and threat: Martin Luther King’s memorial on Monday, and Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. We intend to call upon Monday’s inspiration to prepare for the unprecedented threat that Friday ushers in.
On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court released its ruling on US v. Texas, a 4-4 split decision that results in a continued injunction against DAPA and expanded DACA. (To read AKIN’s official statement on the ruling, click here.)
In response, members and allies of the Comité Popular and AKIN marched in downtown Knoxville to express our disappointment over this outcome.
At 6pm tonight, AKIN and other allies will join the Comite Popular at the Birdhouse to give a statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in US v. Texas, which continues the injunction of President Obama’s executive orders on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
From 7 – 7:30 pm, we will gather at the intersection of Gay and Magnolia to begin a sidewalk procession through Downtown Knoxville, ending at Krutch Park.
At 8pm, we will have a program with speakers and music at Krutch Park Extension.
Join us to learn more about the Supreme Court decision and what we can do next to support immigrant families in our communities.
Tie in Supreme Court Means Immigration Program Still Blocked for Now
AKIN Deplores Decision and Will Join Events Tonight at 6 and 8
Knoxville, TN – This morning, Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN) greeted with severe disappointment a tied decision in the U.S. Supreme Court that will leave in place an injunction presently blocking President Obama’s 2014 administrative program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and its companion program of expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA). Tonight AKIN members and allies will join events called by local immigrants’ rights group, the Comité Popular, at 6 pm at the Birdhouse and 8pm in Krutch Park Extension to condemn this decision and pledge on-going commitment to making our community, state and nation a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.
The Supreme Court will rule any day now on the DACA/DAPA case. On that day, immigrants and their allies across the state will gather at 6:00pm to either celebrate or protest. Please join us.
Knoxville folks will gather for a press conference at the Birdhouse (800 N. Fourth Ave.) and then head to the public parking lot under the interstate at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue, park there and march down Gay Street to Krutch Park.
The announcement could be made on Thursday, June 16, Monday, June 20, or Monday, June 27. Stay tuned!