Tuesday, August 21, 2012

287(g) Coming to An End — Who Could Have Predicted?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Remember back in February when I said, "I've heard nothing about any plans for Nashville's program to end. But if the USA Today story is accurate, that could happen in November"?

Well, here we are, closing in on November, and Pierce Greenberg reports in The City Paper that the "Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will cease using the controversial 287(g) immigration program when their memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements expires on Oct. 8."

Well, color me psychic!

In a press release, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition's executive director, Stephen Fotopulos, is scathing in his criticism of Sheriff Hall:

Our statewide coalition of immigrant and refugee communities welcomes today's announcement, an important step forward for the city of Nashville and five years overdue. Sheriff Hall has spent years grasping at statistical straws to justify his costly deportation program, a model so thoroughly discredited that ICE begun defunding it across the country more than a year ago. Sheriff Hall has had a hand in separating thousands of immigrant families for no other crime than fishing or driving without a license, a costly and dangerous diversion of law enforcement resources. He has consistently misled Davidson County taxpayers about the program's purpose and its devastating impact on our community, selectively releasing data and failing to provide any meaningful transparency or accountability. It is true that Hall's program is but one cog in a sprawling and dysfunctional deportation machine, but his voluntary and insistent participation has given our city's reputation a long, black mark that will take many years to erase.

Fotopulos does spare Hall the embarrassment of bringing up his trip to the white supremacist club. I, of course, will not.

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