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An ICE arrest at the Thurston County Courthouse causes concern for local officials – you may soon know a neighbor who was deported!

ICE agents arrested a man outside the Thurston County Courthouse on June 20, 2019.
Thurston County Courthouse
Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian

“ICE arrest at Thurston County courthouse begs the question: What does sanctuary mean?”

“On June 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in civilian clothing arrested a man outside the Thurston County Superior Courthouse. The man is now being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

“It’s the only ICE arrest that has occurred in or near the courthouse to County Manager Ramiro Chavez’s knowledge, and the only such instance reported to the Washington Defender Association or the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network since at least November 2017.

“But the recent action raises concerns in a city that has declared itself a sanctuary city and a county that named itself welcoming, agreeing not to aid ICE in detaining immigrants. Was there a way for the county or city to step in? Officials say no. Not helping ICE in its work is different from obstructing ICE, they say,” by Sara Gentzler, The Olympian.

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“It’s Not Just About Deportations: Trump Wants To Create a Permanent Underclass”

“Even if ICE doesn’t carry out this most recent round of planned raids, and even if such raids are ultimately less effective at deporting people than the Obama administration’s quieter, more bureaucratic methods of immigration enforcement, they are still, as far as the Trump administration is concerned, a “success.” Because it’s not about raw deportation numbers: It’s about the role terror plays in transforming immigrant communities into a permanent, hyper-exploited underclass,” by Maximillian Alvarez and William Lopez, In These Times.

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“Fear of immigration raids looms as plans for ICE ‘family operation’ move forward”

“The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a Texas-based nonprofit that aids immigrants, launched a letter-writing campaign to senators and representatives urging them to pressure ICE to stop the raids, calling them “domestic terrorism.” More than 18,300 people have sent the letters since June 21, the day before Trump canceled the first raids, the nonprofit said.

“Immigrant families are stashing away money, seeking out church pastors for advice or sanctuary, and having “the talk” with their children about the possibility that one day an immigration agent could knock on their door,” by Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti, Arelis Hernandez, Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post.

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Posted by Steve on July 7, 2019 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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