Tacoma should spend $440,000 a year to defend residents facing deportation, task force says

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Amanda Diaz: Wants to spend taxpayer dollars on illegal aliens/Photo from University of Puget Sound website

How about no.

From Seattle Times (by Candice Ruud): A task force created to focus on the needs of immigrants and refugees (aka illegal aliens) in Tacoma has recommended the City Council spend $440,000 per year to establish a legal-defense fund for Tacoma residents detained at the Northwest Detention Center.

The money would pay for two attorneys and two paralegals who would represent people facing deportation, said Amanda Diaz, a member of the task force and student president at the University of Puget Sound. Another option would be to spend half that money for one lawyer and paralegal to provide some measure of legal representation to detained people, Diaz said.

The recommendation comes seven months after the task force was created and at a time of heightened awareness over federal immigration policy. Stepped-up deportation efforts that have followed President Donald Trump’s inauguration have created emotional and financial strain for many Tacoma families, she said.

Unlike in criminal cases where defendants are represented by a publicly funded attorney if they can’t afford one, people facing deportation are not guaranteed a lawyer, according to the American Immigration Council. This year, the city of Seattle committed $1 million to paying for legal defense for immigrants and refugees, and officials there said they would seek ways to continue that funding in the future.

Members of a Tacoma City Council committee who received the task force’s recommendation this month were receptive to the idea but not ready to implement it. They requested more information from the task force and city staff about how the money would be spent.

“This is coming to us a little less fleshed out than we normally have policies coming to us. Normally we have a lot more of these questions answered,” Councilman Marty Campbell said. “I think we should do this, but first let’s explore it and figure out how.”

An attorney for the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project told members of the council’s Community Vitality and Safety Committee that the need for legal representation for detainees at the Northwest Detention Center is pressing.

Having access to a lawyer throughout the legal process would improve their chances of not being deported and keep their families intact, attorney Tim Warden-Hertz said.

Each year, 50 to 100 Tacoma residents are detained at the Northwest Detention Center, he said.

“Enforcement has changed — enforcement year over year has increased 40 percent over last year for people in the Northwest, for people in our area,” Warden-Hertz said. “That’s what has changed and that’s what this administration has meant for families in Tacoma — it’s meant more families being torn apart. That’s why I think this feels so important right now.”

Diaz said there are other downsides to increased deportation efforts.

“There has been a decrease in reporting crimes by immigrants for fear of (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids. There have been parents scared to drop off their kids at school for fear of ICE involvement in government buildings,” she said. “Various members of the task force have identified families left homeless because the main breadwinner is being detained at the Northwest Detention Center. Children are entering the foster-care system because one or both of their parents are detained.”

Most members of the Vitality and Safety committee agreed there is a need for a legal-defense fund for immigrants, but they also said there are needs for other corners of Tacoma’s population, such as those facing eviction proceedings.

Task-force members also recommended that the city create a standing commission on immigration and refugee affairs that would deal with issues unique to that community.

They also asked the City Council to take immediate steps to provide equitable language access for a variety of languages across all city services. Access to language and translation services was identified last year as a major barrier for Latino residents working to integrate into Tacoma life, council members pointed out.

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11 responses to “Tacoma should spend $440,000 a year to defend residents facing deportation, task force says

  1. Come legally and learn English. Problem solved.

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    • noreen . . . I also picked up on that. Why is it that people who say they want to be here in this country . . . but they still want to speak their native language! As far s I am concerned if you came here other than in a legally sanctioned manner–you should not be receiving any benefits from the US Taxpayers except . . . a ticket back to their homeland!

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  2. “There has been a decrease in reporting crimes by immigrants for fear of (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids. There have been parents scared to drop off their kids at school for fear of ICE involvement in government buildings,” she said. “Various members of the task force have identified families left homeless because the main breadwinner is being detained at the Northwest Detention Center. Children are entering the foster-care system because one or both of their parents are detained.”
    Apparently these illegals aren’t capable of understanding Immigration Law. Just wishing they were legal Citizens won’t MAKE them legal. It’s basic LAW that if a person violates Federal Law,they must face the consequences.
    If Cities in Washington wish to violate Immigration Law,they,too,must face the consequences. (I still can’t imagine why they can’t look around and see what the long-term effects of uncontrolled illegal immigration will lead to as time goes on. Can they REALLY be THAT STUPID?)

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    • Truck, that’s absolutely right. All the who whorespondents talk about is “feeling sorry” for the poor immigrant. Well, I have sympathy for people. There are legal ways to immigrate. I want to be rich and get laid every night but I guess I’ll have to learn to live with disappointment.

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    • “Can they REALLY be THAT STUPID?”
      The short answer is, “No.” But this hasn’t anything to do with mental prowess and everything to do with changing the “complexion” (pun intended) of the country and keeping the corporate oligarchy not only in power, but in ever increasing power.

      Right on cue, we have agent provocateur-agitation propaganda appearing in Charlottesville, VA to give corporations an excuse to bail on Trump and to give internet companies the excuse to further tighten free speech. It seems we are headed toward what the EU and Canada have already implemented…prosecutions (selective, of course) and jail time for the wrong opinions and the wrong speech.

      From recode.net:
      “Three CEOs quit President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council yesterday in a rebuke to Trump’s wishy-washy initial response to the weekend’s violent neo-Nazi and white supremacist rallies. First, Merck CEO Ken Frazier said he would stop working on one of Trump’s advisory groups; later yesterday, Kevin Plank, the leader of Under Armour, and Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, followed suit.

      Here’s a roundup of the corporate leaders who have left, and those who continue to advise the White House.”
      https://www.recode.net/2017/8/14/16143642/tech-executives-donald-trump-white-house-business-advisory-council-silicon-valley

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    • Truck, if I could up vote your post a dozen times, I would. It’s beyond silly. Anyone who defends this idea should get a one way ticket to Tel Aviv.

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  3. “Councilman Marty (CUCK) Campbell said. “I think we should do this, but first let’s explore it and figure out how.”

    I have a great idea, Marty! You PERSONALLY pay for the legal representation of these illegal aliens, Marty — OR — you grow a pair and just say “no”; “the city council isn’t in the business of representing people who are NOT LEGAL residents or citizens of our county/country.”

    In addition, perhaps Marty should look into Amanda Diaz’ background to ensure that she doesn’t have a hidden agenda regarding her ’empathy’ for the illegal aliens in Tacoma.

    IF Ms. Diaz is on ‘the up-and-up” then perhaps she will run fund raisers in her spare time, away from her university studies, to raise the funds necessary to pay for legal representation for the illegal aliens. AND, Ms. Diaz can also serve as TRANSLATOR in her spare time, or if she is unable to speak the language of these criminal, illegal aliens, she can use part of the funds raised for the services of a translator. After all, where YOUR treasure is, there also lies your heart, Ms. Diaz.

    But, ever the cynic, I think Ms. Diaz just wants to somehow get paid for her trouble and skim off the top. As we all know, $440,000 doesn’t go very far nowadays when we’re talking about liars— I mean, lawyers.

    Here’s an article from April 2017 which mentions Ms. Diaz (former president of Advocates for Detainees’ Voices (ADV) and those for whom she ‘advocates’.
    http://trail.pugetsound.edu/?p=14109

    Mind you, the corporations are the biggest beneficiaries of the illegal aliens who’ve been permitted basically free entrance into the U.S. over the last 30 years. They get the cheap labor and since the detention centers are privately owned and run, corporations make money off of detaining illegals as well. It’s a win/win for corporations and a big, fat raspberry for the tax payer.

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    • Yes, I keep asking about that. When Ronnie Ray-Gun was in office they passed a law making it a crime to hire illegals. There were stiff penalties, jail time, etc.. What happened to that? I don’t recall that ever being repealed.

      The business like the cheap labor. We lived in Northern California for several years. There was a lumber mill there and, when “La Migra” pulled up, the hillside was blue with them running for the hills. The mill paid them half of a legal workers pay. Why weren’t they prosecuted?

      All that aside, I think the main reason is to simply destroy us culturally and socially. Cattle are easier to control if they don’t form attachments.

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  4. Illegal is illegal. Even when we had mass immigration from Europe. The people came, all had to be verified, sponsored, medical checked out and if sick, sent back. They had to be financially responsible or have a job lined up.
    What is wrong with that?
    Now, we have another college snowflake, with the last name Hispanic wanting everything their way.
    This is a country of laws that should be obeyed. It is the only way to have a civilization that can coexists. They come legally, we will welcome and won’t resent.
    Why should the multigenerational people here that have worked their whole lives be expected to support people that expect us to give them everything. Only 5% come here to work the fields, so that excuse is null.
    Others want to take the jobs of people that have worked them for years. For employers wanting cheap labor. Shame on them and they should be fined.
    We should never let them rewrite our laws nor should we be expected to conform to their beliefs. Afterall, they came here to become Americans, right? We should expect nothing less.
    So little miss college snowflake can stick it in her ear.

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