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New Gwinnet County Sheriff Ends Controversial 287g Program

Sheriff Keybo Taylor is Gwinnett County's first African American sheriff.
Sheriff Keybo Taylor is Gwinnett County's first African American sheriff.
Credit Sheriff Keybo Taylor

Within a short time of taking office, Gwinnett County’s newly elected Sheriff Keybo Taylor delivered on his promise to get rid of the controversial 287-G program, which allowed law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security to enforce federal immigration laws. The sheriff said the county will replace the program with new initiatives.

Sheriff Taylor joined WABE’s host of “Morning Edition,” Lisa Rayam, over the telephone to discuss his decision.

Taylor also spoke to his recent battle and recovery with the coronavirus. In December, he got positive COVID-19 test results while attending a statewide “sheriff’s school” retreat. He quarantined and has since recovered.

Taylor is Gwinnett County’s first African American sheriff. He took office on Jan. 1.