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Protesters 'vehemently disagree' with program allowing immigration check during arrest

Posted June 2, 2016

— Protestors took to the streets in Raleigh Thursday afternoon in protest of 287-G, a program that allows deputies to check the immigration status of people arrested in Wake County.

Demonstrators on Thursday said they vehemently disagree with the program.

“We as a community coming together with different faiths are concerned because it is clear that 287-G runs contrary to those values we intend to uphold,” said protestor Jenny Bausch. “Implementing 287-G has led to racial profiling, family separation and increased fear within the local community.”

Initially, the demonstrators wanted to protest in front of the Wake County Detention Center, but they were met by deputies who asked them to leave the property.

The group eventually made their way to Hammond Road.

Sheriff Donny Harrison told WRAL News that he renewed the 287-G program last week. Harrison said he views the program as a way to protect the citizens of Wake County.

Demonstrators said Thursday that the program makes undocumented immigrants fearful about reporting crimes. Harrison added that the 287-G is not applied to people reporting a crime, only those arrested.

Immigration, Customs ad Enforcement has said on record that 287-G is one of its most effective programs.


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  • Sue Sloan Jun 6, 2016
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    If you are here legally, then you have nothing to "fear"--get over it!

  • Hamilton Bean Jun 5, 2016
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    Of course they disagree with this program..It means that if they get caught being here illegally, they get arrested and hopefully deported--which means they lose all their taxpayer funded freebies and support. Wonder which actually concerns them more????

  • Perry Masonjar Jun 3, 2016
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    After seeing the antics in San Jose,. which curiously WRAL is not reporting on, I want to know if these particular NC protestors agree with their CA brethren's protests . The ones where Trump backers are being assaulted, the Mexican flag is being waved while the American flag burns, while demanding CA be returned to Mexico. Hey Dems glad to know you support assault, rape, allegiance to the Mexican flag, and are A-OK with burning the American one?

  • James Joyce Jun 3, 2016
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    Nothing like protesting that our Law Enforcement Officers, you know, actually enforce the Law

  • Demute Sainte Jun 3, 2016
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    Heaven forbid our law enforcement agencies find out a person is living in the US illegally. Of course these checks only occur after a person has committed an offence.

    Sadly though... the Federal agencies tasked with processing and deporting them will only let them go.

  • James Johnson Jun 3, 2016
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    You call 12 people a "protest"? Where were your reporters when we had several hundred show up who supported enforcing illegal immigration laws in NC?

  • Ray Rivera Jun 2, 2016
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    They 287 g program is a waste of tax payer money. The Sheriffs Office also participates in the 'Secure Communities' program and that program does exactly what the 287g program does and at no cost to local tax payers. The 287g program costs over 300,000.00 dollars to operate. The rule of law is paramount, and so is being a good steward of tax payer dollars! Do the math Commissioners and see how much you can save by eliminating 287g.

  • Ray Rivera Jun 2, 2016
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    The program is a waste of tax payer money because the Sheriffs Office also participates in the Secure Communities program at no cost to local taxpayers. That program does ecThe 287(g) program costs tax payers over 300,00.00 per year in salaries.

  • Ronald Woodard Jun 2, 2016
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    The rule of law is important. Immigrants have nothing to fear.....illegal immigrants are law breakers and should be deported once they come in contact with law enforcement. I wish those who claim concern for illegal immigrants had the same concern for unemployed citizens who often lose jobs to illegal immigrants who are paid under the table with no withholding taxes and go to our emergency rooms for free health care, all of this hurting poor citizens and taking jobs and social services dollars from them.

  • Kim Schrock Jun 2, 2016
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    They should check the citizenship of everyone pulled over. It's the first thing an employer has to do on the I9 so why not for a violation.