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U.S. watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma

Migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border last year suffered post-traumatic stress and other serious mental health problems, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday. …


Shelter data pinpoints U.S. destinations of asylum seekers

A detailed snapshot of the recent surge of asylum-seeking families crossing into the U.S. from Mexico gives a sense of how they were treated after entering and where they settled.


‘We do the best we can’: Refugee in Spokane hopes for husband’s arrival as U.S. immigration policies tighten

“I have a strong faith in God, and believe one day he will make a miracle for us to get back together,” Arooj Nirmal said from the offices of World …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Biographer: Statue poem embraces migrants from ‘all places’

A biographer of the poet who wrote the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty challenged a Trump administration official who said the famous poen welcomed only people from Europe.


New rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Libya’s coast guard recovers dozens of bodies of migrants

Libya’s coast guard recovered dozens of bodies of Europe-bound migrants who perished at sea as search operations continued Friday, a day after up to 150 people, including women and children, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Trump’s new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away.


‘Who else is helping?’: Latinos en Spokane works for safe, thriving community

Three weeks ago, the group Latinos en Spokane received a request for help from a member. Her sister and niece had been released from a detention center in Texas, and …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat

President Donald Trump says that next week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin removing millions of people in the U.S. illegally.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 3:04 p.m.

Trump says asylum seekers should have to pay a fee to apply

President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking …


Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants

Mexican police and immigration agents have detained hundreds of Central American migrants in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through Mexico last year.


Mayor Jenny A. Durkan: Here in Seattle, we’re not afraid of immigrants

Here’s a message to President Donald Trump: Seattle is not afraid of immigrants and refugees.


29 parents separated from their children and deported last year arrive at U.S. border to request asylum

Twenty-nine parents from across Central America who were separated from their children by U.S. immigration agents last year returned to the U.S. border on Saturday, demanding asylum hearings that might …


ICE force-feeding multiple detainees on hunger strike

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been force-feeding six detainees who are on a hunger strike at a Texas detention facility.


Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy

Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at …


Families keep trying to cross border, wall or no wall

President Donald Trump’s push for a $5.7 billion wall – a demand that triggered the longest government shutdown in history – is unlikely on its own to stop families from …


Deaths of 2 children raise doubts about U.S. border agency

The deaths of two migrant children in just over two weeks raised strong new doubts Wednesday about the ability of U.S. border authorities to care for the thousands of minors …


7-year-old migrant girl held at U.S. border dies in custody following seizures

A 7-year-old girl picked up with her father and dozens of other migrants along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border suffered seizures and spiked a high fever in immigration …


Judge declines to dismiss challenge to U.S. asylum delays

A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Supplies low for shelters helping migrants as holidays near

Shelters run by volunteers in the U.S. say they are getting hit with an expected surge of new migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. who need temporary housing. Nonprofit groups …


George P. Shultz and Pedro Aspe: How we can help the migrant caravan

The highly publicized progress by a “caravan” of approximately 5,000 migrants from Central America to the United States underlines a persistent trend. The reason for the trend is obvious.


Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at U.S. border

Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled Wednesday to reach the U.S. border, arriving by the hundreds in Tijuana, while U.S. authorities across the border were readying razor wire …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Trump move to limit asylum is challenged in court

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. …


Weary migrant caravan rests in south Mexico, asks for buses

Thousands of weary Central American migrants in a caravan that has advanced 250 miles into Mexico but remains far from the U.S. border hope they won’t have to walk anymore, …


Paul Waldman: Trump’s impotent rage over the border could lead to something drastic

Sometimes when President Donald Trump says something false and ridiculous, you say to yourself, “I’m sure his supporters are just going to eat that up.” But at other times, you …


In Oregon, a community responds to imprisonment of migrants

Norm and Kathy Daviess stood in the shade of a prison wall topped with coiled razor wire, waiting for three immigrants to come out. It’s become an oddly familiar routine, …


Officials consider asking parents to make dire border choice: detention or separation?

The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

Tacoma gets a win in effort to keep the Northwest Detention Center from growing

The city of Tacoma won a battle last week in its effort to prevent the immigration detention center on the Tideflats from expanding.


U.S. considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance.