While we at the Arkansas Justice Collective believe that 287g is question of compassion, and not merely one of politics, we are pleased and grateful that a major political group, the Washington County Democrats, issued a statement opposing 287g last month. It reads, in part:
we, the Democratic Party of Washington County, call for: The immediate halt of anti-immigrant methods and racial profiling activity by law enforcement, including, but not limited to, the Delegation of Immigration Authority Section 287(g)…
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This statement was issued just days after AJC director Stephen Coger spoke to the organization at their monthly meeting, alongside Dr. Juan Jose Bustamente of the University of Arkansas' sociology department and Frank Head, director at Catholic Charities of Arkansas.
Some folks have requested a copy of the powerpoint presentation from that evening; it is available at this link.