SLIDESHOW: Indivisible Groups protest Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
Marching down Ribaut Road toward the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office as others rallied along S.C. Highway 46 near Old Town Bluffton, the Indivisible Groups protested Sheriff PJ Tanner’s request to Homeland Security to reinstate a taskforce dedicated to enforcing federal immigration laws.
Tanner wants to commit five deputies to a taskforce as part of the 287(g) program, a federal Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiative that allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint agreement in order to receive authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.
About 50 people chanted “local cops, local jobs” and “do your job” as they stood in front of the sheriff’s office on Tuesday. Handwritten notes were also collected and were to be given to Tanner, said Alison Davidow, Beaufort Indivisible leader.
Another crowd associated with the Lowcountry Indivisible Group protested in Bluffton.
“We hope he (Tanner) rethinks it. Our next step is to appeal to Homeland Security. It was a failure in Arizona and it was so limited in South Carolina, only three counties were part of it and it wasn't a very well-received program,” said Davidow. “We’re going to be the ones who pay for the overtime of the officers and supporting other costs to implement it, not the federal government.”