"The arrests constitute one of the largest immigration enforcement actions in state history, according to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project director Jorge Barón, outstripping a 2009 raid on a factory in Bellingham that netted 28 undocumented workers. In response, the people of Ellensburg have banded together in support of the local Hispanic population and denounced the aggressive law-enforcement tactics, measures that seem especially unwarranted given the community's lingering suspicion that ICE either misidentified or failed to apprehend the ringleader of the forging operation who was their stated target."
Read this week's feature story on Ellensburg's immigration issue in its entirety.
Photos by Keegan Hamilton.
Published on March 16, 2011