Dozens of community members express concern about 287(g)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A local immigrant advocacy group held a public hearing Tuesday evening to allow community members to voice their concerns about 287(g).

Dozens of people attended to learn more about the program that could soon be coming to Knox County.

"We feel this is a program that's moving Knox Co. backward when the rest of the country is moving forward," said Alysa Medina with Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition.

Earlier this month, Knox County Sheriff J.J Jones held a meeting to answer any questions about the program. He explained it would allow some deputies to act as immigration agents and screen inmates for their immigrations status.

But some don't think that one meeting was enough.

"They weren't successful in being able to have meetings. It has not been a transparent process. So, many community members feel their concerns have not been heard," Medina said.

Comite Popular hosted the meeting.

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