287(g) protestors call victory; Sheriff talks program

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The "No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice" campaign address news media Wednesday outside Knoxville's city-county building.

Immigrant rights advocates held a protest in Downtown Knoxville Tuesday. 

Wednesday, the same group held a news conference.

The "No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice" campaign gathered outside the city-county building to address news media.

The protestors call their Tuesday protest a victory.  The campaign believes the movement drew attention to 287(g).

"We will not stop until racially biased, immigrant attacking programs like 287(g)...are eradicated from our community," said Alejandro Guizar, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in Knoxville for 10 years.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office may use the immigration program on inmates.  If implemented, authorities could check an immigrant's legal status.

The sheriff said the program is far from a done deal.

"As far as 287(g) is concerned, if you do not break a law, you do not come to our detention facility, 287(g) will never effect your life in any way," Sheriff J.J. Jones said Wednesday.

One person was arrested during Tuesday's protest.

Sheriff Jones plans to meet with the protestors before making a decision on 287(g).

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