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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and a brief moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: If illegal immigration is in crisis, legal immigration is chronically ill

Comprehensive immigration reform needs to remove the barriers to the legal route. They are an incentive to play games with the refugee and asylum process.


Official: Woman, 3 children died of heat exposure in Texas

Four people, including three children, found dead in South Texas near the border with Mexico most likely died of dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande into the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 10:40 a.m.

Trump gets pushback on promise of new Mexican tariffs

In a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal, President Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure …


New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system

Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

U.S. won’t answer new questions about migrant teen’s death

Juan de Leon Gutierrez told his mother he was calling from a warehouse in Mexico, hidden by a human smuggler who had been paid to take the teenager into the …


US authorities issue warning after group stops migrants

U.S. authorities are warning citizens not to take the law into their own hands after a group patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border stopped hundreds of migrants when they crossed into southern …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Italy arrests mayor for allegedly aiding illegal immigration

The mayor of a small town in southern Italy that became a model for immigrant integration was placed under house arrest Tuesday for allegedly aiding illegal immigration, a move that …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

Inslee, Ferguson threaten to sue Trump over proposed end of DACA

Washington’s governor and attorney general are threatening legal action if President Donald Trump ends a program shielding immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.


Editorial: America degraded by immigration politics

A decade ago, bipartisan momentum was building. But our leaders caved to cries of “amnesty” and “sanctuary,” and America has become degraded by the ugly consequences.


Sessions: Officials should consider harm of sanctuary city

Attorney General Jeff Sessions again singled out Philadelphia on Friday as an increasingly violent city made more dangerous by immigrants living in the country illegally, setting up a showdown with …


Trump scraps one Obama immigration policy but still uncertain on ‘Dreamers’

On the fifth anniversary of one of former President Barack Obama’s signature immigration orders, the Trump administration rescinded a major piece of the policy, ending the deferred deportation of undocumented …


Visa overstays climb, account for 40% of undocumented immigrants

Indonesia is no place for a gay man like V.S., whose survival in his Muslim-majority homeland meant a vigilantly closeted existence. When he visited Philadelphia in 2001, he intended to …


Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation

Though they do their work a world away from the grandstand and Millionaire’s Row, immigrants have become indispensable at Churchill Downs and other tracks, people in the industry say. Now, …


A look at immigrants in the U.S. without legal status

A report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center showed the number of immigrants in the country illegally fell to 11 million in 2015 from six years earlier.


Trump on border wall: Mexico will pay us back

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that Mexico will reimburse American taxpayers for a new border wall and that U.S. money spent will be for the “sake of speed.”


Editorial: Don’t wall off public protests

The Seattle Seahawks were lauded for Sunday’s pregame demonstration of standing and interlocking arms. But this show of unity was a continuation of the conversation, not a rebuke.


Amy Goodman: Honduran student’s detention is senseless

Many high school students get detention for refusing to study. Wildin is stuck in permanent detention, and he has to fight for his right to study.


100 years ago in Spokane: Motors replace horses at another fire station

3/12 From our archives, 100 years ago


Spokane City Council sends immigration initiative to county for verification

Upward of 200 people converged on Spokane City Hall Monday night to voice both support and concern with a police department policy that says the immigration status of an individual …


U.S. jails often release inmates that immigration agents want detained

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government …


Shawn Vestal: True threat isn’t ‘other’; it’s those who fear others

What is the biggest threat to Spokane’s future? Politicians inciting riot? Profiteers destroying civil society? Ben Stuckart’s “dirty smear” on the Spokane Municipal Code, and the rest of the City …


Otter: Idaho won’t help with immigration crisis on Mexico border

BOISE – Idaho is off-limits to any plans to ease the growing humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared Wednesday in a letter to federal officials. …


Undocumented students work to pass financial aid act

Tears stained Elena Calderon’s cheeks Thursday as she stepped up to speak at Eastern Washington University during a student-organized rally in support of immigrants’ right to compete for state financial …


Vestal: ‘Citizen’ and ‘illegal’ are nuanced concepts

Is Guillermo Guzman a good teacher and contributing member of his community? Or is he merely illegal?


Border patrol expands in area

Federal agents have increased their presence in the Spokane area in what some believe is an overreaching effort to combat illegal immigration at a local level. Officials with the U.S. …


U.S. may clear way for illegals to stay

The Obama administration said it will review the cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants currently in deportation proceedings to identify “low-priority” offenders – including the elderly, crime victims and people who …


Stricter state rules reducing licenses issued to undocumented applicants

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Department of Licensing says fewer out-of-state people who can’t provide a Social Security number have sought to obtain a driver’s license in Washington.


For 2nd year, deportations drop in the Northwest

The number of deportations of illegal immigrants from Washington, Oregon and Alaska dropped by nearly 9 percent during the last fiscal year, while deportations of immigrants considered convicted criminals were …


Licensing rules tightened

Washington is cracking down on fraudulent driver’s licenses by requiring proof of legal state residency if applicants don’t have valid Social Security numbers. The new measures by the state Department …