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Tag: Immigration and Customs Enforcement


IMMIGRATION: Shocking situation at detention center

Something shocking is going on one half mile from downtown Tacoma. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is arresting people by going into their homes at 5 and 6 in the morning, people who are undocumented workers in many different jobs, sometimes in the U.S. as many as 20 to 25 years.

Most of those arrested have done nothing wrong in their lives, but are put into the Northwest Detention Center and very often quickly deported. Those in the prison are not entitled to public defense, immigration lawyers’ fees can be more than the detainees’ families can afford, and bail is too high.

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TACOMA: Detention center shouldn’t be for-profit

About 1,300 people are being held against their will here in Tacoma, and the taxpayers are paying for it. Most of them are illegal immigrants. They are being held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center on Tacoma’s Tideflats. And they are being held for profit.

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma is run by a for-profit company called the GEO Group. It’s in GEO’s best interests that we lock up as many people as possible for as long as possible. It has spent millions backing anti-immigration candidates and legislation to shore up its profits. That alone should

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IMMIGRATION: Dog got better treatment than veteran

The feel-good story of Bear the Dog (TNT, 2-19), reunited with his California owner, reminds us to microchip our pets. Within days, Bear was identified using his microchip.

In contrast, it took the U.S. government more than seven months to identify Rennison Castillo as a naturalized American citizen and Army veteran (TNT, 2-25). An immigration judge, the U.S. Attorneys’ Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement didn’t believe him and “were disrespectful.”

U.S. Attorney Philip Lynch apologized for the bad treatment of a citizen and veteran. But didn’t Castillo deserve humane treatment simply because he is a human being?

Never was

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