Sheriff’s application for 287(g) program rejected

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency has declined an application from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to participate in a program that gives federal immigration authority to local law enforcement.

Bryan Cox, who covers the region that includes Tennessee, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a rejection letter was sent to Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones in the past week. Cox didn’t provide details of the letter’s content.

The rejection letter was first reported by media in Knox County.

Congress reduced funding for the so-called 287(g) program this past year. It is essentially being phased out for a fingerprint-sharing program, called Secure Communities.