Veronica Noriega (far right) says she’s struggled to pay bills while her husband’s been in detention. Ramon Mendoza-Pascual and Noriega’s children at their home in Auburn, from left: Veronica, 11, Jose, 13, and Ashley, 5.
A steady protest has hung over an immigration lockup in Tacoma for more than a month.
In March, hundreds of detainees went on hunger strike. Outside the gates, families and supporters have gathered daily, waving signs that read “No More Deportations.”
A large crowd is expected outside the facility again this Saturday, as part of a national campaign. The protest has grown out of frustration about an impasse on immigration reform as detainees fight to avoid deportation and separation from their families.
The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation -- after California, Texas and New Mexico -- to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid.
Deportations of unauthorized immigrants in Washington and Oregon dropped 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Yet, people on both sides of the immigration debate find the numbers troubling.
Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:11 am
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Flags were waving as caravans of people pulled into Yakima to rally in front of the office of Republican Rep. Doc Hastings.
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