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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, 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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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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