The US Department of Homeland Security Northwest Detention Center is pictured in Tacoma, Washington on February 26, 2017

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The capturing occurred a number of hours after a peaceable rally protesting in opposition to immigrant detentions

An armed man who attacked an immigration detention centre within the US metropolis of Tacoma died after law enforcement officials opened fireplace, authorities say.

Police arrived on the Northwest Detention Middle early on Saturday after an worker reported man, armed with a rifle, was throwing “incendiary units” on the facility.

The person’s identification stays unknown.

The capturing in Washington state got here a day earlier than a nationwide deportation operation is because of start.

The raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will goal a whole lot of immigrant households throughout 10 cities who’ve lately been ordered deported however haven’t but left the nation. It marks the most recent transfer in US President Donald Trump’s crackdown on migration.

Sunday’s raids usually are not anticipated to have an effect on Tacoma.

A police spokesperson instructed Reuters the incident on Saturday occurred a number of hours after a peaceable rally exterior the ability protesting in opposition to immigrant detentions.

In a press release, the Tacoma Police Division mentioned the 4 law enforcement officials concerned in Saturday’s capturing had been positioned on administrative go away, as is normal process in such circumstances, and an investigation into the incident was underway.

Police arrived on the privately run Northwest Detention Middle at about 04:00 native time (11:00 GMT) after receiving experiences that the person was throwing “incendiary units” on the facility and at automobiles within the automotive park, the assertion mentioned. The person allegedly set a automobile on fireplace and tried to ignite a propane tank and set buildings on fireplace.

Officers mentioned he was sporting a satchel and carrying flares.

Tacoma Police Division confirmed that each one 4 officers opened fireplace on the person, whereas it stays unclear if he fired on the officers.

He was discovered shot useless on the scene.

Northwest Detention Centre holds migrants pending deportation proceedings and has additionally held immigration-seeking dad and mom separated from their youngsters, the Related Press experiences.

GEO Group, which runs the ability, instructed the Related Press that “baseless accusations” about how detainees are handled there “have led to misplaced aggression and a harmful setting for our workers, whose security is our high precedence”.

What’s President Trump’s coverage on migration?

President Donald Trump has all the time taken a tough line on immigration and through his election marketing campaign made the constructing of a wall alongside the Mexican border a key pledge.

Earlier this 12 months he declared a nationwide emergency on the US southern border, claiming he wanted particular powers to construct the wall to halt all unlawful migration.

Controversial insurance policies applied by his administration lately embrace prosecuting adults who crossed the border illegally, leading to youngsters being separated from their dad and mom.

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There have been reports of “dangerous overcrowding” and inhumane conditions at migrant detention centres.

4 questions on US migration

The place do these folks come from?

Historically giant numbers of Mexican financial migrants have declined, changed partly by a surge in households with youngsters from Central American international locations – significantly Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Why are they fleeing?

Many of those households are fleeing excessive poverty or the chance of gang violence.

Why are there nonetheless separated youngsters?

Though the separation of migrant households was formally halted in June 2018, the New York Instances reported that 700 households had been separated within the 12 months since by way of “loopholes” within the courtroom order – when dad and mom have a prison conviction or a illness, or when it’s an aunt, uncle, or sibling accompanying the kid. Some dad and mom could also be youngsters themselves.

How many individuals cross the border?

It’s inconceivable to say how many individuals have crossed the border. As of final month, the US Border Patrol mentioned it had made 593,507 “southwest border apprehensions” since October 2018.