Tensions ran high Wednesday at a Knox County, Tennessee meeting about a controversial immigration program called “287g.”
More than 100 people attended a meeting Wednesday morning to explain 287g — a law that allows local law enforcement to screen the immigration status of people they arrest.
Many of the people in attendance voiced their opposition to the rule. They were concerned about racial profiling, cost and family separation.
287g has more than 70 programs across the country in 20 states. Knox County is the only county in Tennessee that executes the program.
Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones vocally disagreed with concerns in front of a crowd of critics, and at one point said he would remove a person if they continued to say profanity.
“There are certainly horror stories that have come out from police agencies about ICE detainees, absolutely, I will not disagree with that at all,” Jones said. “I made this statement when I first started this application process, that it was my commitment that that would not happen in Knox County. And I’m standing here telling you that the things you’re talking about are not happening in Knox County. They may be happening somewhere else, but they’re not happening here. Period. I know that.”
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