September 17, 2013 Contact: Matt Adams, NWIRP: 206-957-8611 Doug Honig, ACLU: 206-624-2184
In a victory for fair treatment of immigrants, Pierce County Superior Court has found that local law enforcement officers cannot prolong a detention to question individuals about their immigration status, citizenship status, and/or country of origin.
The ruling came in a lawsuit (Ramirez-Rangel v. Kitsap County
) filed in January 2012 by the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project on behalf of three individuals who were unlawfully detained so that Kitsap County Sheriffs could question them about and investigate their immigration status. In its Order, the Court gave guidance to all local law enforcement by finding that the Washington State Constitution “forbids local enforcement officers from prolonging a detention to investigate or engage in questioning about an individual’s immigration statute, citizenship status and/or national origin.” Read more
MILWAUKEE — On May 27, about 150 workers from Palermo’s Pizza factory here, representing three-fourths of its production workers, met to sign a petition saying they wanted to unionize. They say they gave the petition to management two days later.
Around the same time, Palermo’s delivered letters to 89 immigrant workers, asking them to provide documentation verifying that they had the right to work in the United States. Ten days later, almost all of them were fired. Read more
HuffPost: Posted: 07/17/2012 1:08 pm – by Stewart J. Lawrence
But now, word has leaked out that Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano and ICE director John Morton are pressuring the Justice Department to sue “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco and Chicago that still refuse to cooperate with the federal government in local immigration enforcement. Read more
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