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This Seattle Police Force Is Giving A Middle Finger To Trump’s Immigration Demands

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As the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration increases, police around the country are having a harder time reassuring their undocumented population that they won’t be acting as defacto ICE agents. In some parts of the country, undocumented residents are refusing to report crimes out of fear they will be questioned about their immigration status. This lack of reporting can contribute to a rise in criminal activity, as witnesses and victims are less likely to help police locate perpetrators or provide testimony. To prevent this from happening in Bellevue, Washington (a suburb of Seattle), the police department released a video reassuring citizens that police officers would not cooperate with an immigration officer in any way that could threaten the safety or freedom of its law-abiding citizens, undocumented or otherwise.

There are two conditions citizens of Bellevue need to know, however.


If someone is arrested, a police officer could inquire about a person’s immigration status. Secondly, when an undocumented criminal is arrested for a serious crime, immigration could be contacted to have that person removed if they are a threat to the public safety. In the video, Corporal Antonio Romero explains that this condition would not apply to anyone arrested for a minor crime or even a traffic violation.

(H/T: LATINA)

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Motel 6 Was Giving Guests Lists To ICE, Now They Are Paying $20 Million To The Victims

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Motel 6 Was Giving Guests Lists To ICE, Now They Are Paying $20 Million To The Victims

A year and a half ago, people were appalled to know that the guests staying at Motel 6 in Arizona had their information compromised. It wasn’t hackers looking to score credit card information, but immigration officials aiming to track down undocumented immigrants.

When people realized that employees of Motel 6 gave away private information about hotel guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a boycott ensued. Furthermore — because that tactic is extremely illegal — immigration advocates sued on behalf of thousands of people.

A year later Motel 6 faced two class action lawsuits, one in Washington and another in Arizona. Both cases have closed in huge settlements.

Motel 6 settled their cases out of court and agreed to pay $20 million to all guests with “Latin-sounding names.”


The guests in Arizona got a whopping $7 million settlement, while in Washington, Motel 6 guests there will get $12 million. Guests with Latino-sounding names faced undue stress from having to answer ICE agents knocking on their room doors unexpectedly. However, there is one problem facing attorneys and those in the class action lawsuits.

Attorneys don’t know how to find the guests impacted by the lawsuits.

Some people stayed at Motel 6 under fake names, others perhaps are not in the country anymore, so lawyers have one year to find patrons of the motel or else all of that money goes to waste.

Each guest — roughly 80,000 people — have to either come forward to get their money or else they will just lose it. However, it’s only natural that people are afraid to come forward because of their immigration status.

“The concern here is that this could be a victory in name only,” Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic told Bloomberg News. “It does create a situation here where the party is penalized, but how will it amount to restitution to compensate these victims if their clients have been deported, and any records of deportation are held by ICE?”

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Two Children Allegedly Had Their Eyebrows Waxed While In Daycare In Washington And The Mothers Want Answers

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Two Children Allegedly Had Their Eyebrows Waxed While In Daycare In Washington And The Mothers Want Answers

Alyssa Salgado / Glenda Maria Cruz / Facebook

Two Latina mothers in Washington state are furious after their children had their eyebrows waxed while at daycare. Glenda Maria Cruz and Alyssa Salgado took to Facebook to let their friends and the world know about what happened to their children. The children were at a daycare operated by the Boys and Girls Club in Pasco, Wash., according to Tri-City Herald, when they had their unibrows waxed without the parents’ knowledge.

Glenda Maria Cruz was the first one to publicly post about her disappointment with the daycare.

I really didnt wanna make this a big deal but today my life change i never thought something like these would or could…

Posted by Glenda Maria Cruz on Friday, February 2, 2018

According to The Seattle Times, a state investigation into the daycare is underway to figure out what happened and who waxed the children’s eyebrows. The Boys and Girls Club, which runs the daycare, is also looking into the matter. The daycare is at Columbia Basin College and is used by student parents so they can attend class.

An hour later, her friend, Alyssa Salgado, shared a post of her experience as well.

I take my daughter to the CBC Daycare to be cared for while I’m at school trying to focus on graduating! Then I go pick…

Posted by Alyssa Salgado on Friday, February 2, 2018

“I just want them to figure out who did this to my daughter,” Salgado, who hasn’t been back to class since the incident because she can’t find childcare, told The Seattle Times. “I don’t feel comfortable leaving my children there now. I didn’t think this would get this much attention. It’s hard, but I feel I have to give a voice to the voiceless ’cause these kids can’t speak.”

The mothers are advising other mothers to think twice before leaving their children at this daycare.

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