For Immigrants, Election Promises Relief From An 'Atmosphere Of Terror'

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Communities? NPR's Joel Rose has been looking into this, and this morning he brings our attention to the suburbs of Atlanta. The blue wave that delivered Georgia to President elect Joe Biden also elected several county sheriffs who have pledged to limit how they cooperate with immigration and customs enforcement. Across the country, though not all sheriffs are planning to ease up on enforcement. 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Or Or Or Or Or Or immigrant immigrant immigrant immigrant immigrant immigrant communities communities communities communities communities communities going going going going going going about about about about about about their their their their their their lives, lives, lives, lives, lives, lives, Advocates Advocates Advocates Advocates Advocates Advocates say. say. say. say. say. say. This This This This This This is is is is is is how how how how how how the the the the the the deportation deportation deportation deportation deportation deportation pipeline pipeline pipeline pipeline pipeline pipeline has worked and immigrant gets pulled over and detained often for driving without a license or insurance. Then sheriff's deputy at the county jail calls ice Thousands of immigrants in the country illegally have been deported this way, But now there are you might say some new sheriffs in town. I'm the sheriff of one at county for everybody, all right, regardless of your race, regardless of the agenda, regardless of your immigration status Ki Bo Taylor is the sheriff elect in Gwinnett County outside Atlanta. He's a Democrat and the first black man ever elected to the job. Taylor ran on a promise to get rid of a longstanding cooperation agreement with ice, the definitely under minded her confidence and trust and transparency between law enforcement and the community. Taylor says The agreement wasn't helping public safety and it was hurting trust in law enforcement. In a county where more than one in four residents was born outside the U. S. He's pledged to get rid of it on day one. That is correct. That is my plan. Yes, it is. The 2020 election is expected to usher in a major shift in immigration enforcement. On the federal level. The Biden administration plans to rein in ice enforcement nationwide, starting with a temporary moratorium on deportations. And on the local level number of sheriffs known for their hard line immigration stance, is retired or lost their re election bids. Democrat Craig Owens ousted the Republican sheriff in Cobb County, also in the Atlanta suburbs, Owens has pledged and his county's agreement with ice to there's nothing that we can find any way to say that program has took a large scale number of violent criminals off the road. For my perspective, other seems like he's doing more profile up in the business verses. Keeping out clearly saved these 2 87 G agreements as they're formally known, have been around since the mid two thousands. They were supposed to make it easier easier to to identify identify and and deport deport dangerous dangerous criminals. criminals. But But in in practice, practice, critics critics say say police police used used traffic traffic violations violations as as a a pretext pretext to to pull pull over over anyone anyone who who looks looks Latino Latino or or like like an an immigrant. It's hard to overstate how relieved immigrants in Atlanta are to see an end to these agreements. Adelina Nicholls is the director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. We are so so happy we were crying here at the office. Waiting for the results of the election. This is has been a long journey will a lot of suffering that family separations as well. But not all immigrant communities are heaving a sigh of relief. Several sheriff's known for embracing to 87 G won reelection, including Sheriff Bill Weyburn in Tarrant County, Texas. Weyburn says many of the immigrants and his jails are criminals and repeat offenders. Here. He is at the White House last year. If we have to turn them loose, or they get released. They're coming back to your neighborhood. In my neighborhood. These drunks will run over your Children and they will run over my Children. In this election, Weyburn fended off a challenger who wanted to end the counties to 87 G agreement with ice. So did another hardliner, bobbed Walt eerie. The sheriff in Pinellas County, Florida, which includes Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, the perception of the program. Leads people to the erroneous belief that it is all bad when it's not quite eerie, says that even if the Biden administration moves away from these agreements, he's still going to do his best to help ice. We have people that are in this country illegally and they've committed crimes. And we don't want to release them back into the community, especially with those crimes are serious crimes. Federal immigration enforcement might change next year. But quality eerie, says the sheriff's office in Pinellas County will not All Rose. NPR news. At the beginning of next

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