NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new study revealed that a program that was once intended to protect Davidson County against acts of terrorism was counterproductive.
The study released Wednesday was conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and it focuses on the consequences of the 287(g) program.
The 287(g) program was once used by the Davidson County Sheriff's department to enforce immigration law and allow deputies to check the immigration status of anyone brought to the jail.
The report alleges that it leads to immigrants being treated differently, and to be detained often for minor infractions.
According to the new study, the program makes immigrants lose trust in public safety. The study said the majority of people arrested were racially profiled and deported for minor traffic offenses.
While the program is no longer active in Davidson County, there are 21 other states whose agreements have been extended to the end of the month. The ACLU, along with more than 100 other agencies, recently sent a petition to the Department of Homeland Security calling for the termination of this program.
Those behind the study have recommended that Knox County and Rutherford County withdraw their applications for the program. The Department of Homeland Security will meet on Monday to make decisions on those applications.
In August, Sheriff Daron Hall said the department would not renew the controversial program, and transitioned to the Obama administration initiative, Secure Communities, in October.