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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Former Afghan combat interpreter, Spokane immigrant becomes U.S. citizen

Baidar Hammad was an interpreter for U.S. Army Special Forces from 2010 to 2014. He immigrated to the U.S. in 2014 and became a citizen Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

‘The story of America’: Almost 100 immigrants become U.S. citizens in Spokane Valley

Judge Thomas O. Rice’s courtroom wasn’t big enough to contain the almost 100 immigrants becoming U.S. citizens in Spokane Valley on Tuesday, so the new Americans took their oaths of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

US military kids rule doesn’t change birthright citizenship

Immigration officials say new rules on obtaining citizenship for children born overseas to U.S. service members don’t affect birthright citizenship


Trump administration tightens policy on children born overseas

The new policy means that some members of the military and government employees would no longer be able to automatically pass on their citizenship to their foreign-born children if they …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Fires and mayhem’ lead to proposed firecracker ban

Spokane’s fire chief made a controversial request: Ban firecrackers in the city, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


Sue Lani Madsen: Citizenship question part of other Census survey, why not official Census?

The American Community Survey is carried out annually. It’s sent to a statistically determined random sampling of households in every county, every year instead of to all households every 10 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019

Justice pursuing route to citizenship question on census

The Justice Department says it will look for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census


Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute

President Donald Trump said administration officials were working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question even though the government …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Justice: Census to be printed without citizenship question

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday started printing the questionnaire without the controversial …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

Conservative Supreme Court justices were mostly silent Tuesday as a Trump administration lawyer defended the government’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, an indication the court’s majority …


100 years ago in Spokane: Lumbermen threaten to fire non-citizens who evaded service in World War I

Lumber companies in the Local Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (the Four L’s) declared that they would fire any employee who was an “alien slacker.”


Citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under Washington bill

Washington Senate votes to add anti-discrimination protections to residents regardless of citizenship or immigration status.


The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution …


Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019

Expert: Census citizenship question would hurt Latino count

Asking people whether they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census would worsen the undercount of Latinos and non-citizens compared with other groups, an expert in surveys said Monday at …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Trump vows to end birthright citizenship; Ferguson threatens suit

President Donald Trump’s declaration that he wants to end the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to noncitizens drew quick criticism from frequent legal foe …


Supreme Court shields Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering questions on census

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday night shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering lawyers’ questions in a lawsuit challenging his decision to add a citizenship question to the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

97 new U.S. citizens from 39 countries sworn in at Spokane Valley’s CenterPlace

Almost 100 migrants became naturalized U.S. citizens Monday morning at the CenterPlace event center in Spokane Valley.


U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

A growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States are now being denied passports – their citizenship suddenly thrown into question.


Boys rescued from cave, once stateless, get Thai citizenship

Three young soccer players and their coach, who were rescued with other teammates after almost three weeks in a flooded cave, were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday.


For our newest citizens, the test began the second they crossed our border

It’s a long road to belonging for those Americans who join a country struggling to address immigrants, refugees and undocumented residents.


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

U.S. launches bid to find citizenship cheaters

The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them …


U.S. Census: Yakima officials debate merits of White House decision to ask about citizenship

Critics say asking census respondents if they are U.S. citizens will lead to inaccurate counts and a resulting in drop federal funding, while supporters say it’s the only surefire way …


Marc A. Thiessen: There is nothing wrong with a census question about citizenship

The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says “is not just …


Washington to join challenge to 2020 census citizenship question

Washington will join legal challenge over citizenship question on 2020 census form, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.


Decision to add citizenship question to census draws protest

The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats, who said it would intimidate immigrants and discourage them from participating.


Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions on ‘chain migration’

The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar with their status, …


In lawsuits, same-sex couples say U.S. wrongly denied their children citizenship

When Blixt tried to register her son as an American citizen at the U.S. consulate, officials refused because he was not her blood relative, and her wife, who conceived the …


Saudi Arabia, which denies women equal rights, makes a robot a citizen

Sophia, the advanced artificial intelligence robot – which looks like Audrey Hepburn, mimics human expressions and may be the grandmother of robots that solve the world’s most complex problems – …


In citizenship message, Trump welcomes immigrants to America

Some of the 4,000 immigrants who gathered Wednesday in Los Angeles to take their U.S. citizenship oath let out a collective moan when they learned they were going to watch …