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UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2020

Storm causes erosion at Trump backers’ private border wall

Weeks after it was criticized by President Donald Trump as “done to make me look bad,” a private border wall built by his supporters in South Texas has suffered new …


UPDATED: Fri., July 17, 2020

Border agency fires 4, suspends 38 for social media posts

The Border Patrol’s parent agency said Friday that it fired four employees and suspended 38 were without pay for inappropriate social media activity following revelations of a secret Facebook group …


UPDATED: Tue., April 14, 2020

State sues Greyhound for allowing warrantless ‘sweeps’ at Intermodal Center

By allowing warrantless “immigration sweeps” at Spokane’s Intermodal Center, Greyhound is violating state laws that protect consumers and prevent discrimination, a lawsuit filed Tuesday contends.


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

U.S. expels thousands to Mexico after largely halting asylum

U.S. authorities say they’ve sent nearly 10,000 Mexican and Central American border crossers back to Mexico under new rules designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses, including at Spokane Intermodal Center

Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The bus sweeps …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Student immigration status would be protected under Washington Senate bill

A student’s immigration or citizenship status would be protected and law enforcement officers couldn’t get it without a valid judicial warrant under a bill being considered by a Senate panel.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Program expediting clearance for international travel to hold first interviews at Spokane airport

International travelers in Spokane will soon have an opportunity to sign up for the Global Entry program at the Spokane International Airport.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Washington marijuana businesses report glass jars, packaging seized by U.S. Customs agents

The agency said it hasn’t been “putting any new emphasis” on unearthing shipments bound for licensed businesses, but industry groups are saying multiple companies are waiting on shipments of thousands …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

Border Patrol accuses American of smuggling attempt near Oroville, arrests Yemeni immigrant in Spokane

The U.S. Border Patrol says agents arrested two Mexican citizens and an American smuggler who attempted to transport the pair across the Canadian border near Oroville, Washington, last weekend. Agents …


Man wages lonely protest in downtown Spokane against migrant ‘concentration camps’

“I don’t have either party’s name on my sign,” said Bill Compher, a 69-year-old musician and grandfather who has been demonstrating on downtown street corners. “It’s a moral question, not …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

Customs clarifies policy on plane ID searches

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is clarifying that airline passengers aren’t required to submit to identification checks when getting off planes if there’s no law enforcement-related reason.


Graphic, sexually explicit Facebook posts roil Border Patrol

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol slammed as “completely inappropriate” sexually explicit posts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019

After questioning of Portland comedian, Spokane Mayor David Condon says city can’t stop Border Patrol agents

Spokane Mayor David Condon weighed in Tuesday on the detainment of a Portland comedian at the Spokane Intermodal Center, again insisting city leaders don’t have the authority to prevent federal …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

Guest Opinion: City Council must adopt “Protecting Passenger Rights For A Safer Spokane”

If Spokane truly is the “City of Choice,” let’s choose to do the right thing and adopt “Protecting Passenger Rights for a Safer Spokane.”


Shawn Vestal: The myth of the immigration ‘emergency’

A faulty assumption has continually been employed to justify the current anti-immigrant zealotry, and it goes like this: We are being flooded with illegal immigrants. They are coming in an …


Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border

The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of …