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.
We will continue to fight alongside our allies in Knox County and across the state for just and humane immigration reform, and an end to harsh enforcement programs that tear families and communities apart.
Thanks to all the immigrant leaders and allies in TN who organized and spoke out, our friends in the legal community whose guidance and partnership has been indispensable, and our national partners for their consistent support in challenging harsh enforcement programs in TN and nationwide.