Nashville sheriff drops immigration program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall says he will not renew a controversial agreement that allows local deputies to enforce federal immigration law.

Hall began the 287(g) program in 2007 after an illegal immigrant killed two people while driving drunk.

Immigrant rights activists have fought it for years, saying it punishes immigrants who have committed only misdemeanor offenses. They also believe it encourages racial profiling.

On Tuesday, Hall said that since 2007, there has been an 80 percent decrease in the number of arrestees who are illegally in the country. He attributed much of the decline to the success of 287(g), although illegal immigration also has decreased greatly in recent years.

The program will be replaced with Secure Communities, in which the federal government checks the fingerprints of arrestees for immigration status.


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