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The Washington State Department of Licensing released records to reporters today showing that the state responded to, and furnished records responsive to, a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about immigration activist Maru Mora Villalpando. On December 7, a DOL employee e-mailed ICE agent Timothy Black with Mora Villalpando's driver's license and background information. Two weeks later, Mora Villalpando, a longtime activist advocating for the rights of immigrant detainees in the Northwest Detention Center, received a deportation notice.
Mora Villalpando held a rally in front of the DOL's office in Bellingham Thursday, urging the director of the department to resign.
On Wednesday night, Mora Villalpando told The Stranger she had received a phone call from the DOL notifying her that it would be releasing records about her to the Associated Press and Angelina Godoy, a University of Washington human rights professor Mora Villalpando had been working with. Among those records, she was told, was e-mail correspondence with ICE.
Mora Villalpando said she told the DOL, "It would be nice if you called me when ICE requested my records."Continue reading »