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
September 17, 2013 Contact: Matt Adams, NWIRP: 206-957-8611 Doug Honig, ACLU: 206-624-2184In 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
By Cindy Carcamo January 26, 2013, 6:00 a.m. Los Angeles Times
BORDER PATROL LAWSUIT:
Agency ‘wetbacks’ Emails, statistics show local agents use racial profiling
By JESSICA CUFFMAN
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.