Ramirez DACA case goes to crazy-town

One of the big stories this week — locally and nationally — has been the arrest and detention of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old resident of Washington State who was brought to the US illegally as a child and has been a beneficiary of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Access for Child Arrivals (DACA) program since 2014. Last Friday he was arrested and is still being detained by U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  And at a time when immigrants — both legal and illegal — are living in fear of the Trump administration’s saber-rattling about immigration policy, this has become a key test for the fate of DACA under Trump.

Tomorrow morning at 10am, there will be a hearing in his case before a U.S. district court magistrate judge. The government filed their brief this morning; Ramirez’s legal team filed their response tonight. And the stuff that’s in them is mind-blowing.

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Thursday news roundup

Q13 discusses controversy over the Mayor’s choice to deliver his State of the City speech next week at a mosque.

Seattle Times reports on the City Council’s discussion yesterday on the options for filling in the “missing link” on the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The International Examiner looks at a recent rally organized by Council member Kshama Sawant.

The Ballard News-Tribune covers a zoning rules dispute over row houses.


Wednesday news roundup


Seattle Times and Grist cover the ongoing activist movement to divest from companies involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Seattle PI and KIRO report on the Mayor’s plan to deliver his State of the City address next week from Idriss Mosque in Northgate.

KUOW and SeattleMet report on next steps for paid family leave in Seattle.

The Urbanist covers last week’s  Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting.

MyNorthwest and Crosscut report on yesterday’s ruling in the ACLU’s case against WSDOT and the City of Seattle over homeless encampment cleanups.

Judge denies ACLU’s motion for temporary restraining order on sweeps

This afternoon U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez issued an order denying the ACLU a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop WSDOT and the City of Seattle from seizing and destroying personal property without due process in cleaning up unsanctioned homeless encampments in Seattle.

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