ICE Agent Coming to the Henderson County Commissioner Meeting, Wednesday, April 17th and nine of us have a meeting with Sheriff Griffin, April 9th!
On March 26, 2019, after multiple phone calls, texts and emails to ICE and commissioners, we finally received word from Commissioner McCall that an Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agent was on the agenda for the 9AM April 17th, 2019 Henderson County Commissioners Meeting at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street.
Purpose: To inform and educate the public on the 287g program partnership with ICE and the ramifications of not renewing the program. It is imperative that the public get the facts before an untimely termination of this 10 year successful partnership.
Background: Seven pages of signature sheets (signed by you) were delivered to Sheriff Griffin on Friday, March 15th by our Commissioners Grady Hawkins and Bill Lapsley during a meeting they had with him regarding 287g. Then On Wednesday, March 20th, the Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin was given the opportunity to present information regarding the 287g program to the Henderson County Board of Commissioners at 9:00AM at the Historic Court House. The 287g program partners with Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). The sheriff has been flirting with discontinuing the 287g program from the primary to the present.
During the presentation, Sheriff Griffin maintained that the 287g program is a burden on the jail as well as the Henderson County taxpayers. He also claimed that the community would be as safe without the 287g program partnership with ICE as with it because the Sheriff's department has an on-going close working relationship with the ICE office presently located in Hendersonville. However according to research on the current contract between Henderson County and ICE, Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), these claims appear to be incorrect. Therefore, the following questions must be answered. Please read this important document ... See here.
In light of the above ...
The ATP Board has agreed that the following needs to happen between the time you get this and the April 17th Commissioners Meeting.
1) Send emails and leave phone messages for the Henderson County Commissioners thanking them for inviting the ICE agent to come to the April 17th Commissioner meeting and to request they publicly support 287g with a Resolution.
2) Send LTEs to papers thanking Commissioners for hosting ICE and requesting a Resolution in Support of 287g see here for media info
3) Contact Sheriff Griffin expressing your support for continuing 287g for safety's sake.. Please always be polite and state the facts as we know them.
Sheriff's Office Communications
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
4) Pack the house by attending the April 17th Commissioner Meeting at 9AM when the ICE agent will report. We need lots of speakers. (On Dec 3, 2019 meeting, we had 9 who spoke during the Pubic Comment Period. There were many others in support in the audience. Please consider speaking again and maybe a few new folks!) Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me at 209 986 3845 to let me know you are attending/speaking.
Contact Info for Henderson County Commissioners:
Chair: Grady Hawkins: email@example.com
Mike Edney firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Messer email@example.com
William Lapsley firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane contacted the commissioners, circled back around with Bryan Cox, Southern ICE Director, and will be contacting WWNC, 570AM radio talk show host Pete Kaliner who has been talking about the merits of termination vs renew of 287g.
Ten of us have a meeting with the Henderson County Sheriff on April 9th to present our questions regarding 287g.
We cannot emphasize enough that your voice in this matter is what's going to make a difference if you don't want us to wind up like Buncombe.
Leaving this to someone else is not an option!