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287(g) Community Briefing

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Photo Credit: Meghan Conley

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

287(g) back in play!

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.

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AKIN & Bridge to host vigil

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!

 

 

Coverage of AKIN March

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Photo Credit: Ralph Hutchison

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.

You can see a photo slideshow and read coverage of yesterday’s march from the Knox News Sentinel, including the following quote from longtime AKIN ally Angel Ibarra: Continue reading Coverage of AKIN March

March to Support DACA and DAPA

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Photo Credit: Ralph Hutchison

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 from 7-8:30 pm for a sidewalk march, rally, and vigil to support #DAPA and #DACA.

The Comité Popular de Knoxville invites you to join immigrant community organizations around the state and around the country to send a clear message:

We must implement DAPA and the DACA expansion!

These programs will allow immigrant families to stay united and they will help our economy grow.

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Vigil in Solidarity with Arizona

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.

Sponsored by:
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN)

Link to event announcement on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/417016791644533/

Facebook link to flyer for the event–English version:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=111130552354487&set=a.103339793133563.3647.100003726276424&type=1&theater

Facebook link to flyer for the event–Spanish version:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=295496253861385&set=o.417016791644533&type=1&theater