More than 30K immigrants have been deported via Boeing Field – King County says no more

Executive Dow Constantine vowed to end ICE’s use of the airfield in 2018. Now, as a report detailing the practice is being made public, he is attempting to make good on that promise.

Ahead of a revealing report released by the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an order Tuesday that aims to ban the hundreds of deportation flights chartered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that have left from Boeing Field.

The report, “Hidden in Plain Sight: ICE Air and the Machinery of Mass Deportation,” discloses that since 2010 some 34,400 detainees on 466 flights have been deported by flying out of King County International Airport, otherwise known as Boeing Field. According to the report, an average of 360 people are deported every month on flights from that location.

The report is based on a database of ICE Air operations from 2010 to 2018, which the UW Center for Human Rights obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The center claims it is the first time any portion of the database has been made public.  
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