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Rutherford County Considering Controversial Immigration Initiative

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.- Rutherford County could be next to implement the controversial 287-G program, the immigration initiative allows deputies to require inmates to prove that they're in the country legally.

Critics said not only does the program not work they're concerned about the already tense environment in Rutherford County directed towards Muslims.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said 287-G made the streets of Davidson County safer. He said that Davidson County Sheriff's Office ended the controversial 287-G program in October it had helped to deport 10,000 inmates in the country illegally.

Hall said the implementation of 287-G was in response to a growing number of crimes he saw being committed by immigrants. Five years later, Hall said there's no longer a need for it.

"Not only did it prevent future crimes here today we have one thousand empty beds in our jail system, but it saved the county a lot of money," he explained.

Vanderbilt University researchers evaluated arrest records and conducted interviews regarding the program and determined that it opened the door for racial profiling, and lead to the deportation of people for minor violations.

Critics said the conclusions from the report should serve as a warning to Rutherford County. The ACLU will join more than 20 other groups asking the Rutherford County Sheriff to withdraw his application to implement 287-G.

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