Sheriff Jimmy "JJ" Jones has been catching a lot of grief over his intemperate remarks about being turned down for the 287(g) program to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes—he suggested he would stack illegals up "like cordwood" in the county jail, even without the Feds' cooperation.
A source in the departments says Jones was extremely angry that he found out that he had been turned down for the program by media calls. Opponents of the program were notified first that Knox County wouldn't get the program and tipped news organizations.
Jones thinks the lack of notice proves the turn-down was about politics.
The sequestration of the federal budget was blamed in not allowing an expansion of the program, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program that deputizes local law enforcement officers to act as immigration agents when someone who cannot prove their residential status is arrested.