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White House Gives Approval To 287-G Program In Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The White House is taking a close look at the program that allows local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws, the 287-G program.

Davidson County runs one of 60 programs across the country.

The Feds have reviewed Sheriff Daron Hall's program, and have given him a stamp of approval.

After two years there has been a 58 percent decline in the arrest of people who are illegally in the country. New numbers revealed the arrests of foreign born people is down 43 percent.

"Which you would have expected that number to go the other way if you believed more people were going to be subjected to checks just to see their status," said Hall.

Hall does have the blessing from the Justice Department, but Metro Council members still have to approve the plan next, which will happen October 20.

Sheriff Hall also continues his push to bring a federal immigration court to Nashville. The closest one is in Memphis. Hall believes it's unrealistic to expect someone to drive four hours away for a court date.

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