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Japanese Americans & immigrants demand closure of Tacoma ICE center

Tsuru for Solidarity/La Resistencia

On this edition of Your Call, we hear from activists calling for the closure of the Northwest Detention Center, the only for-profit federal detention center in the state of Washington.

Over the last decade, immigrant detainees at NWDC have held multiple hunger strikes to protest unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, and lack of medical care. When the Department of Health attempted to enter NWDC's facilities to investigate complaints, the GEO Group, which owns and operates the facility, denied them entry. The Geo Group has also turned away Department of Labor and Industries officials.

Advocates with Tsuru for Solidarity, a Japanese American-led social justice project, have called for the closure of the facility, saying that it perpetuates the same mistakes that were made during WWII, when over 100,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated.

Those calls reached a fever pitch this month after 61-year-old Charles Leo Daniel, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, died at the NWDC. He was found unresponsive on March 7.


Maru Mora-Villalpando, immigration activist and founder of La Resistencia

Stan Shikuma, organizer with Tsuru for Solidarity and co-president of the Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter


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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.