Washington county considers deportation roadblock

3:42 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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SEATTLE (KING) - A public hearing is set for Tuesday as King County, Washington 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.

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.


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