Let's just be frank, Sheriff Hall's 287(g) program is racist. I'm not saying that you're racist if you support it. Shoot, I'm not even saying that Sheriff Hall is a racist. I mean, please, what self-respecting Southern racist wouldn't know that the the Council of Conservative Citizens is dedicated to opposing "all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white
races over the European-American people through so-called 'affirmative
action' and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the
European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern
people, and to force the integration of the races" (See here
.)? No, a true Southern racist would know his racist history. He'd be pleased when folks discovered he was letting the CCC know about the 287(g) program instead of embarrassed. And Sheriff Hall was embarrassed when his trip to the CCC came to light.
But it doesn't matter. The 287(g) program, designed as it is to remove illegal immigrants from our fair city, is racist. And it has to be in order for Nashvillians to know that it's working. People in town feel anxious because there are all these new folks here, who don't look like "us" and who don't sound like "us" and who we suspect sneaked into the country. The person we imagine when we imagine an illegal immigrant is some Hispanic dude. So, in order for us to feel like Hall is doing his job, there needs to be fewer Hispanic dudes. Which means singling out Hispanic dudes because of their race and then subjecting them to different rules than everyone else.
That's pretty much the textbook definition of racism--singling someone out because of his race and treating him differently than you treat everyone else.
So, obviously, that would be bad enough. But wait! It gets worse. Then Hall turns around and
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sells undocumented Nashvillians to the Feds! See, if you get arrested for, say, driving without your license, you're going to be in jail just until you can bond out. If your undocumented neighbor gets arrested for the same thing, he's not treated the same under the law (which, you know, is one of those pesky things that America is supposed to be known for); he's going to sit in jail because the Feds will pay the Sheriff's Department for him.
Just how immoral can you get? Selling the people of your own city, your neighbors? "Oh, come on, B.," folks say, "It costs the Sheriff's Department about $62 dollars a day
to house inmates and all that's happening is that they're getting reimbursed by the Feds for that cost. It's not like they're making money in the deal." To which I reply, "Costs that would not have been incurred if these folks had been let go if they could post bond, like everyone else" and "If you owe $12,000 on your car and you sell it for $12,000, it doesn't matter that you didn't make money; it's still sold." I can't help it if Hall is bad at selling people; I'm just pointing out that he's selling people.
Which begs the question, can just anyone buy an undocumented Nashvillian? I mean, if I scraped together, say, $65 for each day a dude was held in jail, could I buy him off Hall when the Davidson County justice system is done with him? Or is that a special deal just for the Feds?