The below LTE was sent Jan 19, 2021. The AJC has abandoned all pretense of honest journalism and this was sent merely to illustrate that fact. I did not expect to see it in print and I did not expect a retraction. The AJC did not even edit their online version. I sent it to the entire leadership team and to the publisher, Donna B. Hall – who did not reply.
Request for retraction
In the entirely unbalanced, celebratory report on Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens ending the lifesaving 287(g) program, the AJC tells readers as a statement of fact “the program originally began to remove terrorists, as well as other violent criminals, from neighborhoods across the country. However, Owens said the program morphed into one that profiled immigrants through traffic stops, which resulted in them being deported on misdemeanor charges.”
While Sheriff Owens – a former Cobb County policeman – is certainly free to smear his fellow law enforcement officers with accusations of profiling, the AJC statement is easily proven false. It’s yet another case of agenda-driven misinformation.
The law passed by congress establishing 287(g) program never limited it to applying only to terrorists or illegal aliens who were arrested for violent crimes. The reality is authority includes “to interrogate any alien or person believed to be an alien as to his right to be or to remain in the United States:”
This is a retraction request.
PRESIDENT, THE DUSTIN INMAN SOCIETY