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Human rights group protests in front of Wake County Jail

Posted December 13, 2008 9:21 p.m. EST
Updated December 13, 2008 11:21 p.m. EST

— People attending the Southern Human Rights’ Organizers’ Conference in Durham protested the 287-G program on Saturday.

The protesters gathered in front of the Wake County Jail.

The 287-G program trains local law enforcement officers in how to determine whether people charged with crimes are in the U.S. illegally and how to file paperwork to begin deportation proceedings. It is a partnership between immigration and customs officer and local sheriff’s departments.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says the program helps deputies identify illegal immigrants arrested for a crime.

Critics complain the program amounts to profiling.