IMMIGRATION: San Bernardino County sheriff renews 287g agreement

San Bernardino County has renewed an agreement with the federal government for a program aimed at identifying jail inmates who are in the country illegally. County supervisors Tuesday approved the new agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with no debate. San Bernardino County is one of about three dozen departments nationwide that participate in ICE’s 287g program, and under which ICE trains sheriff’s deputies and other employees on how to determine whether inmates may be in the country illegally. ICE agents then make further queries. Inmates found to be living in the country illegally are held for possible deportation after they leave jail. A number of immigrant-rights and Latino organizations oppose 287g, cheap saying it singles out Latinos for questioning and leads the deportation of minor offenders and people arrested but not convicted of crimes.

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Tennessee Sheriff Threatens To Stack Immigrants 'Like Cordwood' In Jail | ThinkProgress

Even after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rejected Knox County, thumb Tennessee’s request to participate in a controversial immigration program, Sheriff JJ Jones vowed to take immigration enforcement into his own hands. In a response to ICE’s denial, Jones threatened to stack undocumented immigrants “like cordwood” in the local jail. ICE sent a letter to Jones’ office stating that the federal government is unable to authorize Knox County because of “resource concerns, including the impacts of sequestration.” But Jones sharply rebuked the government’s denial to allow Knox County to participate in the 287(g) program which would allow local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws.

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Immigration advocates respond to Sheriff Jones' 287(g) statement | wbir.com

Several immigrant-advocacy groups have now responded to a pointed statement from Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones Wednesday morning, vowing to enforce federal immigration laws. "We feel disappointed of his poor choice of words," said Kukuly Uriarte, an immigrant living in Knoxville and advocate for immigration reform. After a year of limited statements about 287(g), Sheriff Jones published his opinion on his website Wednesday morning. The note followed a decision from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, which did not approve the county's application for the program. ICE cited "resource concerns," including the sequester, as the reason for denying Knox County's application. "Once again, the federal government has used sequestration as a smokescreen to shirk its responsibilities for providing safety and security to its citizens by denying Knox County the 287(g) corrections model," the sheriff wrote on his website.

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Knox County sheriff criticizes 287(g) denial

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the federal government's decision to deny the county's application for the 287(g) immigration program. The agreement would have allowed the sheriff's department to participate in a program called 287(g), which would train deputies to enforce immigration laws. It would allow deputies to scrutinize the immigration status of people arrested and held in jail. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent a letter to the sheriff's office within the past week, rejecting the application, and explaining it was denied because of resource concerns. Sheriff Jones issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the government for the decision, and pledging to continue enforcing immigration laws:

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VICTORY! ICE denies Knox County 287(g) agreement - Blog - TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition - TIRRC

Last year, Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones of Knox County announced he would be pursuing a 287(g) agreement--deputizing local sheriff's deputies as federal immigration agents. For the last year, immigrant community leaders and allies have been tirelessly organizing and advocating against the program. And we did it! We just got confirmation that ICE will not be signing the 287(g) agreement in Knoxville (see notice below).  This victory comes after a year of powerful rallies and marches, fearless civil disobedience, and strong grassroots advocacy. It also comes on the heels of the termination of the program in Davidson County, a program finally abandoned after a 5-year community campaign. Read more about the fight against 287(g) in Knox County here. See the letter we submitted to DHS just a few weeks before the notice was given to Sheriff J.J. Jones here. 

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