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287(g) Program Lawsuit Headed To State Supreme Court

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The ability of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office to check immigration status is headed to the State Supreme Court.

287(g) allows deputies to check the immigration status of inmates. But immigration attorney Elliott Ozment argues the sheriff's office can't enter into that agreement, because the agency gave up law enforcement powers in 1963.

Sheriff Daron Hall said it's about Metro's by-laws, not 287(g).

Under the Metro charter, the sheriff's office is responsible for the jail, while Metro police are responsible for law enforcement.

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