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Necessary Trouble, Compassionate Atlanta, and Atlanta Friends Social Concerns Committee will host “Pol-ICE,” a discussion on the controversial federal Program 287(g) that deputizes state and local officials to help enforce federal immigration laws.
The program gives local agencies the authority to investigate, apprehend, detain and transport people facing deportation. The program is voluntary for both ICE and local law enforcement.
The forum will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the American Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. A reception will follow the discussion. Admission is free, but advance registration is required, and donations to cover costs will be accepted.
Award-winning journalist Rose Scott, host of Closer Look on Public Radio Stateion WABE in Georgia will moderate the event.
Speakers will be:
Azadeh N. Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South
Adelina Nichols, Executive Director, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
Glory A. Kilkano, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women Watch Afrika, Inc.
Associated Press reports that, “supporters of the program say it is a 'force multiplier' that helps expedite the deportation of people with criminal convictions and deters others from coming to their communities. Critics say it promotes racial profiling, erodes the trust immigrants have in police and distracts officers from more important crime-fighting duties. In 2012, the Obama administration announced it was terminating the "task force" part of the program in which police helped with street-level immigration enforcement in Georgia and other states.”