Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones finally, finally said something about his pursuit of 287(g) that wasn't "no comment." This morning he posted a statement on the Knox County Sheriff's Office website in response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement letter that stated the agency would not sign Knox County's 287(g) agreement and start the program here.
"Once again, the federal government has used sequestration as a smokesreen to shirk its responsibilities for providing safety and security to its citizens by denying Knox County the 287(g) corrections model... Hopefully the denial of this program will not create an influx of illegal immigrants who think that without this program they will be able to break the law and then be less likely to be deported," the sheriff's statement reads.
He goes on to say that the "vast majority" of people in Knox County agree that 287(g) is necessary, and that he'll continue to pursue the implementation of the program here.
Then, he adds, he'll do whatever he needs to do to enforce "these federal immigration violations" with or without ICE's help.
"If need be, I will stack these violators like cordwood in the Knox County Jail until the appropriate federal agency responds," Jones' statement says.