Sunday protest set for Immokalee over 287(g) immigration program

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Gloria Padilla, Redlands Christian Migrant Association area coordinator,  center left, and Professor Alexander Vernon, the interim director of Ave Maria Law School, prepares to address the media Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the Collier County's Sheriff's Office in Naples, Fla. At 10 a.m. a coalition of Collier County leaders  held a press conference to deliver a
letter calling for an end to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Section 287(g).

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Corey Perrine/Staff Gloria Padilla, Redlands Christian Migrant Association area coordinator, center left, and Professor Alexander Vernon, the interim director of Ave Maria Law School, prepares to address the media Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the Collier County's Sheriff's Office in Naples, Fla. At 10 a.m. a coalition of Collier County leaders held a press conference to deliver a letter calling for an end to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Section 287(g).

— For the second time in a month, a local group will protest a controversial immigration enforcement program in Collier County.

Opponents to the 287(g) policy, which since 2007 allows trained Collier sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration law, will gather at 3 p.m. Sunday outside the Collier County Sheriff's Office Substation in Immokalee.

Led by the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, the group intends to deliver a petition with more than 1,200 signatures against the program, which was set to expire Oct. 15.

Last week, the federal government extended the program through the end of the year nationally pending a review by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sixty-two police agencies in 24 states participate in 287(g), and more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants around the country have been detained as a result of the program.

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