Seattle City Council Passes Immigration Resolution

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Council Urges Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Seattle Families

SEATTLE - City Council unanimously adopted a resolution today emphasizing the importance of family unity and calling upon the Obama Administration to stop deportations of undocumented residents without serious criminal convictions. It also calls for the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and urges the administration to end the use of the I-9 audits that have resulted in the firing of hundreds of undocumented workers in Seattle.

The federal government’s stated priority is the deportation of individuals with serious criminal convictions, yet the majority of those deported have only minor convictions, or no convictions whatsoever. Deportations have reached an annual national average of nearly 400,000 people since 2009.

The resolution also urges Congress to increase funding for resettlement services, to support family unity with the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that eliminates visa backlogs and to give immigration judges discretion in immigration and deportation proceedings.

Finally, the resolution calls on the City of Seattle to redouble efforts to inform the immigrant and refugee community of their legal rights and Seattle’s policies related to their immigration status, including options to qualify for different types of immigration status. Read more

Seattle Human Rights Commission calls for city to divest from corporations that profit on immigrant detention

July 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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THE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINER JULY 25, 2014  

A GEO Transport bus arrives from the Northwest Detention Center to pick up detained foreigners from the ICE office at the 500 NW Broadway federal building in Portland, Oregon. • Photo by Amythewillowprincess

A GEO Transport bus arrives from the Northwest Detention Center to pick up detained foreigners from the ICE office at the 500 NW Broadway federal building in Portland, Oregon. • Photo by Amythewillowprincess

Earlier this month, the Seattle Human Rights Commission passed a resolution calling on the city to divest from corporations that profit from immigrant detention. Read more

Detention Watch Network Applauds End of ICE Contract with Pinal County Jail in Arizona

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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July 22, 2014     Contact: Silky Shah, sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

  Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country 
After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.
“ICE’s decision to end its contract with the Pinal County Jail is long overdue. Year after year, since the beginning of this contract, men and women detained in the jail have bravely protested the punitive treatment and inhumane conditions,” said Victoria Lopez, Policy and Advocacy Director at the ACLU of Arizona and author of the 2011 report, In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention CentersRead more

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