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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy On April 15, the Tacoma News Tribune published an opinion piece by GEO Group vice president James Black regarding recent protests against the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in which he claimed, “The center has a longstanding record providing high quality, culturally responsive services in a safe, secure and humane environment.” The residents living in these “high quality” conditions seem to feel otherwise, as the hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center continues into its third week. As of April 28, the NWDC Resistance reports that 50 detainees are still refusing to eat, with 100 detainees also refusing to purchase goods from commissary. James Black attempted to dissuade criticism of the NWDC, saying that the detention center “is subject to routine and unannounced audits and inspections pursuant to national performance-based standards issued by the federal government.” A press release by the NWDC R...

 
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By Felix Chrome On Monday, April 10, inmates at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington began a hunger strike in protest of what they consider to be inhumane conditions in the Detention Center and unjust long detainment periods prior to seeing a judge or being assigned a court date. Some inmates with jobs in the Detention Center, for which they are usually paid one dollar per day, refused to work along, and many are refusing to purchase items from commissary along with the hunger strike. The strike began with just over 100 inmates and by April 13, Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) Resistance stated that 750 inmates had joined the hunger strike, representing over half of the inmates estimated to be currently held in the Detention Center. At the beginning of the strike inmates circulated a list of demands in the Northwest Detention Center. These demands included higher quality food, lower commissary prices, improvements ...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Mayor Ed Murray announced, in a press conference on Wednesday, that the city of Seattle will be suing the Trump administration. This is following a Monday statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying that the Justice Department plans to withhold up to $4.1 billion in federal grant money from “sanctuary cities”—a general term for different municipalities that refuse to comply with requests from immigration agents, such as Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), to detain immigrants who currently lack legal documentation. ICE classifies at least 118 jurisdictions as sanctuaries. In his Monday statement, Sessions said that policies of sanctuary cities “Make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals on our streets.” The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Seattle, citing concerns that the Executive Order signed by Trump in January creates uncertainty over the city’s budge...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester On Monday, March 6, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order updating previous ban on immigration and travel from six majority Muslim countries. On Thursday, March 9, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that Washington state would again take Trump to court to extend the restraining order issued in response to the original ban to this new ban in an effort to block the enforcement of the order. The new travel ban is largely the same as the original executive order, with many calling it the “Muslim ban 2.0.” One difference is that it did not immediately go into effect, so people in the air or just arriving at airports should not be affected, something the original order was widely criticized for. The new ban is set to go into effect March 16, ten days after Trump’s announcement of the new ban, and be in effect for 90 days. The previous ban was put into effect immediately after it ...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak Gilroy On February 10 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested and detained 23 year old Daniel Ramirez Medina, an immigrant and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who has been living in the United States since he was seven years old. Ramirez Medina was first taken to a processing center in Tukwila, Washington, and then moved to the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), a private immigration prison located in Tacoma, where he has been held ever since. Ramirez Medina and his lawyers maintain that his arrest and detainment were unlawful and unjustified and have filled two separate appeals for his release, both of which have been denied. DACA, an executive action initiated under the Obama administration, allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to apply for grants of deferred action from deportation or other related legal action, which also allows th...

 
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POC Talk was contacted by a student who has requested to remain anonymous, representing the undocumented student support group, an informal organization working on campus and with the Evergreen administration to support undocumented and immigrant students. Recently they have met with the president George Bridges to discuss their demands to create a safer campus environment for undocumented students. On Jan. 30 Bridges released a preliminary statement concerning undocumented students on campus in which he said that  “As a general rule, college presidents remain neutral on political questions. Colleges should be places where all sides of questions can be debated. If a college president preemptively declares a winner in that debate, the effect can be chilling. But there are exceptions, which our Social Contract acknowledges, when political questions have a direct and immediate effect on the mission of the college.” He continues that in...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester On January 30, 2017 Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, and Governor Jay Inslee filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, in his capacity as president, Homeland Security, The United States of America, and several high ranking members of the Trump administration, include acting Secretary of State, Tom Shannon. The lawsuit is regarding the executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, better known as the “immigration ban” or “the Muslim ban” signed by President Trump on January 28. The lawsuit claims that the executive order violates the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, specifically the due process clause, as well as the First Amendment’s Establishment clause. The lawsuit specifically states, “The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from officially preferring one religion over another. Sections 3 and 5 of the...