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Allies of Knoxville's Immigrant Neighbors Celebrates Community's Diversity in Wake of ICE's 'No'

The Allies of Knoxville's Immigrant Neighbors say they are celebrating the fact that 287(g) will not be implemented in Knox County. 

"The 287(g) program would have created opportunities for civil rights and civil liberties abuses ranging from racial profiling to extended deprivation of liberty through misuse and abuse of detainers; an erosion of local law enforcement's critical relationship with immigrant communities; and the disproportionate deportation of non or low-level criminal offenders in lieu of violent felons," the group says in a press release.

But, they add, they also hope to build a "positive relationship" with Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones, and all the the police officers in the county, though they acknowledge "recent statements from the sheriff's office illustrate how long the path is going to be to restore lost trust in the sheriff's office."

The group says it hopes to continue to make Knox County a more welcome place to everyone, and says it's proud that "Knox County will not further contribute to the broken system of mass deportations and family separation" by implementing 287(g). 

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