Open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee: We write on behalf of City of Seattle residents to express deep concern about the recently publicized contract signed between the Washington Department of Corrections and Geo Group Inc. As we understand it, this contract would potentially send up to 1,000 Washington-based prisoners to North Lake Correctional Facility in […]
NONPERMANENT RESIDENTS (Part 3) — Local Cambodian men facing deportation for crimes committed when young
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Part 1 Part 2 Rithy Yin, 33, pointed toward his church, Victory Outreach Church, from the kitchen of his sister and brother-in-law’s townhouse, where he lives with his new wife, Jackie, and stepson, Jacob.<!–more–> “We go to the streets and we minister to people — to the homeless or […]
South Korean man deported for human smuggling
A South Korean man convicted in March of facilitating the illegal entry of South Korean nationals into the United States was deported May 12 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations.
EDITORIAL: Cold as ICE: Don’t separate families
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — From “The New Colossus” by American poet Emma Lazarus, engraved on the Statue of Liberty There’s nothing like a […]
Four deportation detainees remain on hunger strike
By Associated Press TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a fifth day on March 10, with four detainees still protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations. The strike began March 7 when about 750 detainees refused to eat.