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Police Chief Defends Officers Working The 287-G Program

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas has been fighting back against allegations of racial profiling by his officers.

The controversy centers around the 287-G program. The program was designed to make sure dangerous criminals, who are in this country illegally, are deported, but critics believe metro officers have been now pulling over more immigrants due to racial profiling.

Serpas said that's simply not true.

"I've heard some rumblings in some places that police officers should somehow or another feel guilty because they're breaking up families.  Let me tell you something Mr. and Mrs. Nashvillian, and the listening audience. Our police officers are enforcing the law, as passed by the legislative bodies of this country. They are not going to be guilty, or feel guilty, because someone is here illegally, or undocumented, and got caught. Our officers don't deserve that. It's unfair to them. They work way too hard to have that accusation made against them," Serpas said.

Since 2007, 3,000 people were deported due to the 287-G program.

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