IMMOKALEE — 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.