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Flash Flood Watch issued August 22 at 2:45PM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS FRIDAY AFTERNOON MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE CARLTON... CHIWAUKUM...LITTLE BRIDGE

Late Afternoon

Hi80° Heavy Rain

Tonight

Lo61° Heavy Rain

Saturday

Hi83° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo60° Partly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi82° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Sunday Night

Lo62° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Monday

Hi85° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi89° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo64° Mostly Clear

Protect rights, don’t ignore them

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We have this short document called the Constitution and, thank you, it discourages keeping people in jail for no reason other than the government’s whim or vague suspicion. The Fourth Amendment, for instance, says “No warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” So to search your stuff, or seize you and take you into custody, the government has to have a reason, good enough to convince a judge there is probable cause, which a reasonable suspicion based on fact that an accusation is true. The Fifth Amendment, part of the first 10 we call the Bill of Rights, includes something called the Due Process Clause, saying nobody can be denied life, liberty and property without it. Roughly speaking, they can’t throw you in jail, or keep you in jail for anything but a very brief period, without some kind of court proceeding.

So where is the constitutionally required warrant and probable cause when an agent from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) scans the jail log and decides to ask that certain people not be released from custody, so that their immigration status can be further scrutinized? What cause could there be? An address? Possession of suspicious documents? A database hit? A name ending with Z perhaps?

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