Court Rules Law Enforcement Can’t Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status

September 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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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

Arizona bill would compel hospitals to check immigration status

January 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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By Cindy Carcamo  January 26, 2013, 6:00 a.m.   Los Angeles Times

Under a bill introduced this week in Arizona, hospital staffs would be compelled to check whether uninsured patients are in the country illegally.

If the patients can’t provide proof that they are in the country legally, hospital staff would have to call federal immigration officials or local law enforcement. The bill by state Rep. Steve Smith also would require hospital officials to file annual reports of how many people they treated who were in the country illegally. Read more

ANOTHER Northern Border racial profiling Lawsuit against the Border Patrol!

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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BORDER PATROL LAWSUIT:
Agency ‘wetbacks’ Emails, statistics show local agents use racial profiling
By JESSICA CUFFMAN
cuffman@sanduskyregister.com  Sandusky, Ohio

Agents targeted in the lawsuit acknowledge their widespread use of the racial slurs, and they even defended the use as a “part of our culture,” according to court documents. 

Three very large corporate farms in Huron County “harbor wets.” So said Cory Bammer, agent in charge of the Sandusky Bay U.S. Border Patrol, according to documents filed in federal court Thursday. “Wets” is short for “wetback,” a derogatory racial slur against people of Hispanic or Mexican descent.
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