The Athens community is responding to a recent policy reversal by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, which has seen the Sheriff’s office cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain locals based on their immigrant status since July.
“It is the magnificent terror machine of deportations of this administration,” said Angel Torres, a member of Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens and the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. “The Latino community is suffering because they are breaking families.”
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The original policy did not enforce ICE’s efforts to detain locals based on their immigrant status. However, in July, the Sheriff’s Office reversed this policy to align itself with changes to the Department of Homeland Security’s policy.
“In light of these changes, and in keeping with our role and