Members of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition have reportedly emphasized they want Metro Nashville Police not to assist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
This, according to the Nashville-based FOX 17 television station.
“TIRRC is calling on Metro Police to develop clear policies and refuse to help ICE carry out civil immigration enforcement in Davidson County,” the station reported.
“TIRRC is also calling on Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall to terminate an agreement that allows ICE to detain people in local jails.”
The station quoted the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, which said its officers do not participate in ICE raids, including housing people ICE detained.
“The only individuals housed in DCSO jails are those who are booked on local criminal charges, and, subsequently, wanted by ICE,” FOX 17 quoted the DCSO as saying.
As The Tennessee Star reported this summer, the TIRRC put out a manifesto describing how they want Metro Nashville officials to treat illegal immigrants, and it demands taxpayers subsidize new programs to protect them from deportation.
This document, titled, Beyond Welcoming: A Platform for Immigrant Inclusion for the Next Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, also disparages ICE agents as persecutors who set out to destroy immigrant families.
You can download the full document here (embedded below).
The TIRRC document focused on community organizing activities to put political pressure on state and local officials.
“Each week in Nashville, ICE is terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and ripping residents away from their families and communities,” according to the document. (Page 3)
“As the federal government ramps up immigration enforcement, the state legislature has continued their efforts to make life harder for immigrant and refugee communities.” (Page 3)
The document calls on Nashville officials to embrace pro-immigrant policies and “help turn the tide in this country.” (Page 3)
Among only some of the document’s policy suggestions for Nashville leaders:
• Nashville should not help ICE deport illegal immigrants.(Page 4)
• The Davidson County jail must stop renting bed space to ICE.(Page 7)
• Nashville should invest in taxpayer-funded workforce development programs (Page 11) and affordable housing projects to help immigrants (Page 12).
• Nashville should create programs that “mitigate the harm that persistent fear of deportation can cause.” (Page 5)
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