In Gwinnett County, a split on Trump immigration crackdown

Gwinnett’s police department is unlikely to join President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

But the county’s jail is run by one of the program’s more enthusiastic backers. Sheriff Butch Conway is already checking the immigration status of those who land behind bars in the diverse county. 

His department is one of just a handful of agencies authorized to continue the program after it was suspended in 2014.

Gwinnett sheriff issues scathing statement: ‘All lives matter’

Trump wants to expand the so-called 287 (g) program as he seeks to give local law enforcement a larger role in immigration enforcement.

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Georgia 7th: Judge denies Bourdeaux push for additional absentees
  2. 2 Atlanta restaurant review: Hattie B’s
  3. 3 Questions unanswered in South Fulton police chase that left 3 dead

The Gwinnett sheriff’s office said it had questioned nearly 40,000 inmates about their immigration status and placed detainers for ICE on 13,346 people since 2009

To learn more about the program and which metro Atlanta counties are participating read the full story at

More from AJC