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287(g) Program Approved By Metro Council


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Council voted to allow Sheriff Daron Hall to keep the 287(g) program. How the vote was carried out on Tuesday, created controversy of its own.

A vote to nix a council discussion on the 287(g) program prompted a hasty exit by the anti-side, and an explanation from one council woman about how the system had failed them.

"That was inappropriate for us not to be able to talk about this because the community should know why we either support it, or we don't," said Metro councilwoman at-large Megan Barry.

In protest, Barry switched sides and joined two other council members in voting against the program that moves to deport immigration offenders in Davidson County.

Councilwoman Barry would not speculate whether shame or embarrassment among her colleagues might have fueled a fast-tracked vote.

Sheriff Daron Hall argued the council's question and answers came Monday.

"I think that they were really trying to be respectful of all the other issues tonight. The debate really occurred last night. We both had - both the opposition, and myself - had opportunity to present the entire case," said Hall.

The sheriff supported hanging onto 287(g). Omitting public discussion among council members yielded a personal apology from Barry.

"I can not tell you how I appreciate the fact that all of you came down here tonight to see your council work. I'm sorry that you didn't get to hear anybody actually articulate, why they voted the way they did," said Barry.

The federal government ordered Metro to re-assess the existing 287(g) program.

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