Protesters say they disagree with sheriff's immigration stance

Protesters say they disagree with sheriff's immigration stance

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Protesters walked Thursday evening in downtown Knoxville and said they disagree with Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones. Protesters walked Thursday evening in downtown Knoxville and said they disagree with Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones.
"I'm hoping that we change the laws against immigrants and get rid of the attitude that immigrants are pieces of wood that need to be stacked in jail," said protester Paul Deleon. "I'm hoping that we change the laws against immigrants and get rid of the attitude that immigrants are pieces of wood that need to be stacked in jail," said protester Paul Deleon.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones landed himself Thursday on the New York Times website after saying, if need be, he would stack illegal immigrants like cordwood.

Protesters walked Thursday evening in downtown Knoxville and said they disagree.

The spotlight on illegal immigrants in Knox County reappeared earlier this week when the federal government rejected the county's 287(g) application.

If it had been approved, the county could have checked the immigration status of people arrested.

"I'm hoping that we change the laws against immigrants and get rid of the attitude that immigrants are pieces of wood that need to be stacked in jail," said protester Paul Deleon.

A New York Times editorial board member Lawrence Downes called Jones' "cordwood" line, "brutal imagery, befitting a violent demagogue, not a sworn police officer."

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