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Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 1:34 AM
— A man who is jailed in Washington State wants a judge to deport him so he can join his family as they return to Mexico.
Juan Pablo Chavira is at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. He said he stayed one day over his authorized time in the United States on his tourist visa. He had planned to go to Canada, visit the sights with his wife, and then come back and renew his visa at the border. However, because of his status, Canadian border agents did not let him in, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained him.
He now has a bond hearing before a judge on March 14.
“I feel very, very sad. He’s not a criminal,” said his wife, Nancy Juarez. “He’s not a bad person … We can pay for the flight on the airplane [to go home]. What is the problem?”
Chavira said he wants to go back to Mexico voluntarily, but instead, he was taken to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where he has been the past three weeks.
KIRO 7 spoke with Juarez after she said goodbye to her husband with their three children, Leo, 11; Miranda, 4; and Paulo, 17 months. They are flying back to Mexico on Thursday evening. Their visas had not expired at the same time because Juarez and the children went home to Mexico in December without him and upon re-entry, they received another 180 days of authorized time.
“I just want to be happy with my mom and my family,” Leo Chavira said tearfully.
“It was hard to see my kids out there, and I'm here like a criminal, and I am not,” Juan Pablo Chavira said he was “Just waiting for an answer … I feel tired and worried about my situation. There’s not enough information here.”
Chavira owns and runs a small business that imports and sells hair accessories in Mexico. Juarez is fearful about how she will run the business and take care of her children without him.
“He was trying to play by immigration rules and he ended up in prison,” said Eleanor Hoague, a retired attorney and immigration advocate who has been helping Juarez.
Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigration Rights project, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement pays a private contractor per day per person to keep people in detention, even if they want to simply go home and can pay their own way.
He believes the system would benefit from more judges and public defenders for all people detained to move their cases through quickly but with fair representation.
“The system is not set up not to have due process happen,” Baron said. “It’s just a machine … and in some cases it leads to what we see here, where we waste a lot of money before somebody gets to go back, which is what they want to do in the first place.”
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:12 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — We are hearing reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68.
Initial reports involve a possible camper trailer into a median, and blocking two lanes.
We have a crew on the way, and will update this page when more information becomes available.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.
According to USA Today, the girl's mother, Erin Austin, captured the alleged phone call on video, which has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Saturday. She said the incident occurred outside her apartment near AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.
"This woman don't want to let a little girl sell some water," Austin says in the 15-second clip, focusing the camera on a woman holding a phone. "She's calling the police on a 8-year-old little girl."
As the woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, crouches behind a concrete wall, Austin adds: "You can hide all you want; the whole world's gonna see you, boo."
"And illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah," Ettel says, pointing to her phone.
"On my property," Austin interjects.
"It's not your property," Ettel replies.
"Make this [expletive] go viral like #bbqbecky," Austin captioned the video, referring to the hashtag used after a different woman was recorded calling the police on a black family for using a charcoal grill at an Oakland park. "She's #permitpatty."
The posts sparked a debate about whether Ettel's actions were racist.
"For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white [men] that [were] selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay?" Lee tweeted. "Don't answer. Just ask yourself that."
For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white mean that we're selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay? Don't answer. Just ask yourself that.— Raj 🌹 (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018
"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin told KNTV.
Ettel told HuffPost that race had nothing to do with it, adding that she didn't really call the police.
"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, claiming she had no problem with the girl, only Austin. "It was literally nonstop."
She added: "I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her."
The drama seemed to have a happy ending for Austin's daughter, who received four free tickets to Disneyland from a Twitter user who saw the video, Lee tweeted.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
— It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
Tonight: Decreasing clouds are expected this evening and overnight. Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 60s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Rain should stay just to our south, though those in Butler, Warren & Clinton counties may see a stray shower. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s, chance for rain returns in the later afternoon and evening.
Wednesday: A few showers likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.
Thursday: A hot day expected with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s.
Friday: A few more clouds are expected, It’ll be another hot day with highs in the lower 90s.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month with husband Mattia Dessi.
“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”
People reported the couple named the new baby, who weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz., Frida.