Representative Newhouse Weighs in on McAllister FieldICE VoteChelan PUD Seeks Community Input

first_imgThe Yakima City Council voted Tuesday against a measure that would have barred Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field as a hub for deportation.Thursday 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse spoke with local media regarding the city council’s decision.“This is part of the government’s requirement to be able to provide them due process and move them to parts of the country that have the capacity to allow them access to our legal process.” Newhouse said, “If that’s the case then I think that’s exactly what should be happening and we should allow them to do that.”The proposal failed 4 votes to 3 in a packed council chambers. The Sunnyside Republican added that the council’s vote may have been about more than just morality.“There is a potential for the airport to lose access to federal funding if they deny the immigration service (access to) Yakima Airport.” explained Newhouse, “So that may also have been part of consideration on the part of the Yakima City Council.”Earlier in the year ICE was forced to move its regional operations from Boeing Field to McAllister Field after Sea-Tac’s private operators refused to service flights chartered by ICE.last_img

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