Spokane decides to outlaw immigration detention by police

illegal immigration

From NBC News: The city of Spokane has agreed to change its policies to make clear that police officers will not question or detain people to enforce federal immigration laws. That’s part of a final settlement the city reached Tuesday in federal court with the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

The case stems from a 2014 traffic accident when the vehicle of Gabriel Gomez was struck by a minivan that failed to yield the right of way.  A Spokane police officer responded and contacted the U.S. Border Patrol to ask whether the agency had any interest in Gomez.

The officer issued a ticket to the other driver and then let that driver leave the scene. However, the officer detained Gomez until the Border Patrol arrived and took him into custody.

“I have lived in this community for many years, and to suddenly have the police turn against me after being a victim in the accident really turned my life upside down,” Gomez said in a press release. “I want to be able to trust the police.”

City officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment.  Spokane is Washington’s second-largest city with about 210,000 residents.

Gomez was eventually transferred by immigration officials to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where he remained until he posted bond. Gomez is seeking legal status to remain in this country, the ACLU said.

The lawsuit contended the officer unlawfully detained Gomez for purposes of investigating his immigration status and prolonged his detention to assist federal officers. The lawsuit also alleged that city policies unlawfully authorized officers to take such actions.

As part of the settlement, the city agreed to modify its policies to clarify that police officers “shall not contact, question, delay, detain or arrest an individual because s/he is suspected of violating immigration laws,” the settlement said.

ACLU Washington issued this statement on their web site:

“This is an important step towards ensuring that all community members receive equal treatment from police officials,” said Matt Adams, Legal Director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). “The changed policies will help the City to move forward in working to serve all the community members, regardless of their perceived immigration status.”

“We’re pleased that the City has recognized the need to change its policies to prevent such unfair treatment of immigrants in the future,” said Enoka Herat, ACLU of Washington Police Practices and Immigrant Rights Counsel.



23 responses to “Spokane decides to outlaw immigration detention by police

  1. This means all of the state of Washington has gone mad.

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    • It is not even legal to do this. A sworn law enforcement officer cannot ignore a known crime. If they do, that’s a crime in itself.

      These Maoists have driven them crazy. Are they poisoning the water?

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  2. The entire world has gone mad it seems!

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  3. Hadenoughalready

    “That’s part of a final settlement the city reached Tuesday in federal court with the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.”

    That’s FANTASTIC news! Not the decision – that’s insane.

    But, now that the ACLU has made clear that they’re acting as “Agents For a Foreign Entity”, like RT (Russia TV) was recently ordered to do.

    This is fantastic, indeed, simply because, if they refuse, Trump can now put them in their place – off-shore or out of business within the boundaries of US Soil.

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  4. Kevin J Lankford

    As bad as that is, the liberal fools actually want it to get worse.

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    • Hadenoughalready

      You’re right! Some people are hell-bent on self-destruction and I say let them! Just take notes on who caused what and, when the dust clears and they come crawling for help, we’ll know who gets hanged.

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    • Maybe they’d like to become part of the drive for California to secede from the United States. Gee-once they do THAT,they can go just as NUTS as they WANT to,and they’ll not have the US to rescue ’em. With Wa. and Ca.,and eventually Or. too,I ‘magine,they probably have much of what it takes to be a self-sufficient Country. Will they have ENOUGH? They’ll have to find a way. Maybe open an International Unicorn Service Center or something…..What’s that Liberal saying? “With absolute Delusion will come Success”,something like that…

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  5. I proposed for every illegal caught get an I tattooed where it can be seen, so if they dare come back, out they go!

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    • Hadenoughalready

      I think that’s a great idea! Left shoulder, too. That way there’s little chance they’ll survive if they lose it.

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    • Normally,we could never do that-it’s cruel and unusual punishment;but they’re NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS,so they have no Constitutional Rights. I guess,being in a “Foreign Land”,their rights,of any kind,would be whatever we allow them to have,much like if WE were in a Foreign Land. The officials of that Country you’re in hold all the cards to your future.

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      • I suppose if you’re “MS13” you can get your face tattoos erased! Once the scars heal they probably won’t even set off the facial recognition software.

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  6. Dearest truck, you say tattooing illegals is illegal and unusual punishment, but, look how much sadness they’ve brought on to the families that have lost their children. Tattooing them won’t hurt because they have no feelings in their hearts.

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    • The point I was making is that,for Legal
      Citizens of the US,that would be considered “cruel and unusual punishment”,but since they’re ILLEGALS in the US,they’re not entitled to ANY of the Rights we Citizens get. I suppose they could get the UN to argue that it’d be a violation of their HUMAN rights,but since a tattoo causes no lasting damage to a person’s ability to work,provide for his family,be a productive member of his Country’s military or procreate,thus nullifying THAT claim.

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  7. I do not have the actual statistics, but have heard that Spokane has turned into a crime ridden city due to the prevalence of drugs. Sounds just like the kind of place illegals would want to hangout . . . . just a little taste of home.

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    • Spokane, Washington, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100, is 53. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 31.1.


      Also see here: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wa/spokane/crime

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    • DCG . . . . God Bless you for researching the crime statistics for Spokane. They have just under twice the violent crimes as the rest of Washington state, but in property crimes, they have more than twice as many. I would bet that the property crimes being that high is due to the fact that so many druggies go steal stuff to feed their addictions. It is obviously not somewhere any of us would want to move to.

      When I was a child, Spokane was known as being a peaceful, placid, farming area–the middle of rural America. It was also known as having a very high Hispanic population, due to the fact that there was work available at farms–picking crops. I would say that the change from being sleepy, middle America into a drug ridden–festering hole, is probably due to the large percentage of Hispanic folks in the area. When the non-educated people started coming North, they brought with them the lawlessness that is indicative to Mexico. (If I hurt anyone’s feelings by indicating that, I am sorry, but I am just telling it like it is.)

      Even the US State Dept is advising American’s that they should no longer go into at least five of the Mexican states. For me, that is five too many. I would never go to Mexico, even if I won an all expense paid fabulous trip to the most high class resort known to man. Mexico is a lawless country, and the wise just steer clear. That is rather hard to do when they are moving up here illegally. Just ask Kate Steinle’s family.

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  8. Anyone who aids or abets someone seeking to illegally enter the USA is committing a crime. Try all the officials responsible for this order as well as the ALCU officials promoting the breaking of the laws.

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    • Waco Bob . . . . . that is the most sensible and reasonable response to this problem that anyone has come up with. Congratulations! Now if we could just institute it.

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  9. Well I am curious, Enoka Herat legally here? Washington is reminding me more and more of Sweden where the citizen rights are put in the back burner over invaders.

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