The government has jailed family-supporting, lifelong U.S. residents who seem as American as the next person—but can’t prove it.
Publication: Seattle Weekly April 26, 2006
By Nina Shapiro
Charlotte Gonzalez’s husband, Julio Gonzalez, is in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma because his citizenship is undocumented. He was born in Mexico to an American mother.
Kevin P. Casey
In a courtroom behind a locked door, Julio Gonzalez sits on a bench waiting to hear whether he will be allowed to stay in the country where he has lived for nearly half a century. He’s wearing a blue jumpsuit provided by the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, the privately run federal holding facility for immigrants the government wants to deport. The proceedings of the U.S. Immigration Court take place inside the detention center.
A courtroom officer calls for Gonzalez by the number he has been assigned: “Nine-zero-eight, your honor.” He steps forward, a graying, plump 47-year-old with a mustache and glasses, and passes his wife, Charlotte, a woman with long, dark hair sitting quietly on a bench across the aisle. He shrugs at her with his eyes, the kind of look you give to someone who has shared your life for no small amount of time.
Predatory practices plaguing immigrant and refugee communities are outlined, discussed at a Northwest Justice Project summit
Published on Friday, June 10, 2005
By CECILIA KANG
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Soon after he arrived in Seattle, Roberto Garcia Hernandez sought help from an unqualified immigration assistant. It was a crucial mistake that nearly forced him to return to his conservative hometown in Mexico, where he had been violently attacked for being gay.
A Russian immigrant placed her faith in a Russian-speaking mortgage broker in Seattle and was misled to sign a contract for a higher interest rate than initially had been promised.