Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

The Northwest Detention Center Detainee Handbook

The Northwest Detention Center, located in Tacoma, is the regional facility used to detain people who are awaiting either an immigration hearing or repatriation. It has been in the news lately, because of one unfortunate incident where a U.S. citizen (and Army veteran in fact) was erroneously held there for nine months and almost shipped out of the country, and because of the highly critical report on the facility which Seattle University and OneAmerica just released.

This morning I read the handbook which the Northwest Detention Center provides to all new detainees. Page 23 of this handbook contains the following remarkable passage:

Remember that a SITUATION doesn't make you FEEL any certain way. It is your THOUGHTS that make you feel the way you do. The fact that you are in detention does not mean you MUST feel anxious, worried, or depressed. It is your negative THOUGHTS about your situation that make you feel bad.

Ummm, wow. Thanks for the life lesson, Department of Homeland Security :)
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