Viewers react to Collier sheriff's stance to renew detention agreement
CREATED Sep. 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 18, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said he is expected to renew the Immigration and Nationality Act known as 287 (g).
It allows the sheriff's office to detain undocumented immigrants caught in criminal acts, who are then deported.
"It's been successful here in Collier County and we have been recognized by ICE as a successful program," said Sheriff Rambosk.
Since the program was initiated through the Department of Homeland Security back in 2007, it has deported more than 3,500 people, many of whom had long wrap sheets that ranged from robbery to sexual assaults and gang affiliation.
But local activists think that the agreement will also mean the sheriff's department will also target undocumented immigrants for misdemeanors.
"I have been told by friends and neighbors that sometimes they are afraid to go anywhere like even to the beach." said Naples resident Alodia De Jesus.
De Jesus and others started collecting signatures for a petition that will ask the sheriff not to renew 287 (g) for another three years with DHS.
"We are objecting to the people that are being put at risk of being separated from the families because of the actions of the sheriff," said Mickey Gargan, chairwoman for the Collier Dems.
Petitions drives are underway across Collier County and an online petition already has 200 signatures.
Sheriff Rambosk told Fox 4 that he has not heard of the petition, but would meet with those who have concerns.
In the meantime, Rambosk said he plans to go forward with the renewal process.