Despite our previously successful efforts from 2012-2013 to prevent the implementation of 287(g) in Knox County, we are now in a new situation because the Trump administration intends to expand this program across the country. AKIN learned recently that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is presently considering 287(g) applications from 18 counties across the country, including one from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Background and some history
For those who are unfamiliar with this program, 287(g) encourages collaboration between ICE and local law enforcement. If Knox County’s application for 287(g) is approved, county deputies who work in the jail will be trained as ICE officers and will be able to question inmates about their documentation status and initiate deportation proceedings against those who are found to be undocumented. In effect, this program will increase the number of local officials involved in immigration enforcement.
Continue reading 287(g) back in play!
Following is the text of a letter AKIN sent to the Department of Homeland Security raising concerns over Sheriff Jones’ request for 287(g) delegation of immigration authority.
Dear Secretary Napolitano and Director Morton:
Fifteen months ago, allies of immigrants, advocacy groups, and faith based organizations in Knox County accidentally found out that secret negotiations were ocurring between Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones and officials from ICE regarding implementing a 287(g) MOA in Knox County, TN.
Continue reading AKIN’s Letter to the DHS
by Alex Fields
Concerned community members have been asking to meet with Sheriff “J.J.” Jones about his proposed 287(g) program for some 14 months now, ever since ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) announced they were going to move forward on the Sheriff’s request to implement the program. After over a year, the Sheriff finally provided a space for the community to express concerns. On June 2, County Commissioner Amy Broyles hosted a community forum on this issue with the Sheriff and two of his officers present.
Continue reading Report: 287(g) Forum with Sheriff JJ Jones
Join Us: April 25, 2012 at 7:30pm
Krutch Park, downtown Knoxville
This is the day the Supreme Court will hear the Arizona immigration law case and folks are being asked to hold solidarity vigils across the country.
Knoxville Vigil to include:
Update on the status of immigration program 287(g) in Knox County, personal stories from immigrants, a skit or two, music, prayer and more.
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN)
Link to event announcement on facebook:
Facebook link to flyer for the event–English version:
Facebook link to flyer for the event–Spanish version: