Retaliation? Or just blocking legal representation?

Denial of access letterVictoria Rossi is a brilliant writer who moonlights, for a lot less money than she deserves, as a paralegal. In December, the Texas Observer published her essay about visiting Karnes.

Yesterday, March 23, 2015, I received the fax above from ICE at Karnes. ICE has dis-invited Victoria from Karnes. The ICE officer with whom I was advised to speak initially told me that he knew nothing about it; he’d have to do some research. Then he called back and said that it was because ICE granted authorization to visit Karnes as an interpreter, but she went to Karnes as a paralegal.

No, I’m not kidding.

And by the way, yes, I first asked for ICE, on August 23, to authorize Victoria’s visits Karnes as a paralegal so that she could assist in providing legal services to women and children there.

Is ICE now banning Victoria from coming to Karnes “as a paralegal” its way of retaliating against Victoria for her great writing?

Or is the move just a routine, non-personal way of ICE interfering with legal representation of women and children refugees in the Karnes County Detention Center?

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