ICE Raid sends Workers to GEO Detention Center Notorious for Abuses!
Immigration officers raided an engine remanufacturing plant in Bellingham, WA yesterday and arrested 28 workers sending the majority of them to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. This Detention Center has a history of abuses including hundreds of detainees falling sick of food poisoning and in another case, 1,000 immigrants quarantined, falling ill from chickenpox. Northwest is owned/operated by the GEO Group, an international corporation that operates prisons around the country. GEO is frequently in the news for their abuse of detainees, some resulting in preventable deaths. GEO has a series of pending law suits due to wrongful deaths of detainees in their custody.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has a meeting with Janet Napolitano tomorrow '(2/26/09). Their plan is to discuss Napolitano's Immigration Plans for the future. With this raid, it is clear Napolitano and her team plan to continue the militaristic worker raids vs focusing on felonious criminals.
Calls to the CHC indicate they will be discussing today's raid and asking for a change in policy.
Questions the CHC should ask include:
1. Why are the ICE Raids continuing?
2. What happened to Napolitano's drive to arrest felonious criminals vs workers?
3. Why are workers being sent to deplorable Detention Centers with history of abuses?
4. What happened to Napolitano's plan to have the Detention Centers investigated.
CHC: The time to ACT is Now!!