Your recent editorial justifies new federal immigration policies because large numbers in federal custody are foreign born. Let’s look at why.
Undocumented immigrants are poor and cannot afford attorneys and are not provided attorneys. They are being arrested for their undocumented status. Bail is often $30,000 and they are in places like Tacoma Detention Center for months or years. At the border it includes children who have fled gang violence.
In the United States the roots of racism run deep. In the 1900s, Klan activity grew in the North. My grandfather who was a deputy sheriff had the official duty of the sheriff’s office to head up the local Klan. The U.S. Klan supported and used Prohibition to move into electoral politics and supported white nationalism. In the 1920s, efforts were made to purify America of Chinese and Japanese. At the 1924 Democratic Convention, there was a platform plank to condemn Klan violence that the entire Washington state delegation voted against. This was followed in the 1930s with U.S. sheriff’s offices deporting Chicanos, many who were U.S. citizens, to Mexico. We had the Japanese internment camps.
Now with the recent new immigration policies and racist locker room talk from our President and his chief of staff in describing immigrants, we see we are into another era of ethnic cleansing in the U.S.
Do an online search of “BBC The Missing Trump” and view an 8-minute video where the Pacific County Sheriff and Police Chief call the new policies unjust.