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Jail may spare illegal immigrants from deportation
KING5.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News

Posted on 07/23/2013 4:02:59 PM PDT by moonshinner_09

A public hearing is set for Tuesday as King County considers making its jail the first in the state to refuse to cooperate with the federal government’s efforts to nab illegal immigrants.

Supporters of an ordinance before the King County Council say it would protect immigrants accused of minor crimes from overzealous federal agents.

However, KING 5 has obtained documents showing that the county’s own prosecutor believes the ordinance would protect illegal immigrants facing serious charges and those with serious criminal histories.

The ordinance was drafted by council members Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott after hearing concerns that immigration agents were deporting inmates in the King County Jail who were accused of low-level crimes.

“(Immigrants) are being swept up and that is not fair,” said Gossett.

He cited a recent UW study that found that most inmates flagged with immigration “detainers” have no serious criminal history or are not facing serious charges.

“That’s almost 2/3 of people actually detained who do not fit their definition of the worst of the worst of the most dangerous criminals,” said Gossett.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a stated goal of targeting “criminal aliens.” Those are illegal immigrants who are committing serious crimes in the US.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: aliens; calif; illegals; immigration; seattle
Related..S.F. officials want city to stop detaining people on federal immigration holds ..A San Francisco lawmaker wants to prohibit local law enforcement from holding undocumented immigrants at the request of federal authorities who then pick them up for deportation proceedings.

Supervisor John Avalos is stepping into the immigration-reform debate with legislation that would stop San Francisco from honoring immigration holds, or detainers, that are part of a controversial federal program called Secure Communities, or S-Comm.

Under the federal program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reviews fingerprints of people who are arrested by local law enforcement agencies. ICE can request that law enforcement place an immigration hold on the person for up to 48 hours to allow the federal agency time to pick up the detained person for possible deportation.

"S-Comm all around the country has been really damaging to communities and immigrant communities in particular," Avalos said. "We are in a city that has a really high immigrant population. We know that there are a lot of people who have been deported here, and we can prevent that from happening."

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-officials-want-city-to-stop-detaining-people-on-federal-immigration-holds/Content?oid=2519169

1 posted on 07/23/2013 4:02:59 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

They have to do this or people will associate jail with a punishment facility.


2 posted on 07/23/2013 4:17:18 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Democrats will give you the shirt off somebody elses back for a vote.)
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To: moonshinner_09

The democrats have a 2/3rds supermajority in CA but that’s not enough, they won’t stop buying votes until the bankruptcy filing.


3 posted on 07/23/2013 4:23:17 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: moonshinner_09

Illegals have far more rights and protections than American citizens.

I hate our politicians who place the well-being of illegals over that of American citizens.


4 posted on 07/23/2013 4:29:29 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six
Illegals have far more rights and protections than American citizens.

Well, yeah! That's because we pay taxes and they don't. See how things always even out under Democratic [sic] party rule?

5 posted on 07/23/2013 4:37:42 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: moonshinner_09

So if a federal agent does his job he is “overzealous.”


6 posted on 07/23/2013 5:38:44 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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