The local application of the 287(g) law flies in the face of that lazy, even dangerous, status quo. Sheriff Daron Hall is getting the brunt of the anger for this program, but he is to be commended. With 3,500 illegal immigrants deported, including dozens of gang members, the local use of this federal law is doing what generations of Washington politicians would not. [Emphasis mine.]
I keep waiting for someone, finally, to see what is so clear. Daron Hall is a genius.
Since Davidson County became Metro Nashville, there really hasn’t been a whole lot for the Sheriff’s department to do, except run the jail and pick up bulk trash. Nothing heroic anyway.
But now? Now the Sheriff’s Department is saving us from “dangerous” illegal immigrants.
Never mind that most dangerous illegal immigrants we see in Middle Tennessee are either drunk drivers who should have been off the road and in prison years ago or gang members who are pretty damn effectively eluding capture.
I mean, seriously, folks. Seriously. We’ve had 287(g) for how long now? And the best the City Paper can come up with is that we’ve deported dozens of gang members?
I think we all know what dozens means, probably around thirty. If it were more than that, they’d say “Almost 50” or “almost 100” or hundreds or something that sounded less pathetic to make even more obscure the truth.
But the truth is that, thanks to the Sheriff and his 287(g) program, the police of Nashville now have the most awesome busywork ever.
They get to go around rounding up and arresting people who are, far and away, non-violent ordinary folks who pose no danger to the community or the police and as long as every once in a while they also manage to round up a “dangerous gang member” (or someone who seems like they maybe might once have been a dangerous gang member) or two (let’s say, one a month, so that in two years we’ve captured “dozens” of dangerous gang members and gotten them deported), they are celebrated as solving the “problem” of illegal immigrants in our community and Hall is a hero.
Everyone looks busy, everyone stays busy, but the job gets a lot less dangerous.
The question you have to ask yourself, Nashville, is this: While the police in this city are busy looking busy, are you actually any safer?