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
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.
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!
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.