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UPDATED: Tue., July 28, 2020

Despite judge’s order, migrant kids remain in ICE custody

The U.S. government did not release 100 immigrant children detained with their parents despite this week’s deadline set by a judge who had described family detention centers as “on fire” …

UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Trump administration’s decision to bar international students from staying in the U.S. if they take …

UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Detained in isolation, migrant families fear catching virus

The isolation of at least three families at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention center in Dilley, Texas, has raised new fears of the coronavirus spreading through a facility that …

UPDATED: Mon., June 15, 2020

Justices reject Trump bid to void California sanctuary law

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to throw out a California immigrant-sanctuary law that limits local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

UPDATED: Sat., April 18, 2020

Immigration activists support apparent detainee hunger strike at detention center

Immigration activists staged a mobile demonstration outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma this week in support of a hunger strike inside the facility organized by detainees concerned about the …

UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Mexican man dies in ICE custody; 10th since October

A 42-year-old Mexican man died in a South Texas hospital while being held pending his deportation, immigration authorities said Monday.

UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

Man dies by apparent suicide in ICE family detention center

A 27-year-old Honduran man died by apparent suicide at one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s family detention centers, authorities said Thursday.

Legislature offers protections to undocumented residents

Washington’s undocumented residents would have more protections under bills that passed the Legislature this year.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Federal attorneys fire opening shot in fight over immigration enforcement restrictions in state of Washington

Federal attorneys in Seattle filed what may be an opening shot in a battle over immigration policies and their enforcement.

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.

Judge greenlights suit challenging ICE arrests at NY courts

A New York judge denied the U.S. government’s request Thursday to toss out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in New York courthouses.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Washington sues feds over courthouse immigration arrests

Contending it is the best way to get the federal government’s attention, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he is suing the Department of Homeland Security to make its agents …

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 …

Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care

Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday demanding adequate medical care and treatment and accommodations for disabilities.

ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers …

UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Immigration operation touted by Trump nets 35 arrests

The immigration enforcement operation touted by President Donald Trump that targeted some 2,000 people resulted in 35 arrests.

Trump taps former border patrol chief as ICE director

President Donald Trump is tapping a border patrol chief who served under the Obama administration to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019

Road rage suspect who killed Kittitas County deputy was living in country illegally

The road rage suspect who killed a sheriff’s deputy, wounded a police officer and died in a central Washington state shootout this week was living in the United States illegally

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger: ICE is doing its job: Enforcing our country’s laws

As the president of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, I have the privilege of representing sheriffs from 16 states west of the Mississippi River on a variety of issues. One …

UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018

In less than six years, Border Patrol made nearly 200 arrests at the Spokane Intermodal Center

U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested three people at the Spokane Intermodal Center in the past week and made nearly 200 apprehensions at the downtown bus depot since the start …

UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

Protesters question Basin City, Washington, ICE raid that lead to five immigration arrests

About 30 people gathered Thursday afternoon at the Spokane County Jail to protest a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at

UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018

Military base calls immigration agents on pizza delivery man

He went from delivering pizza to being detained by immigration officers.

Michael Gerson: ICE and the bitter fruit of dehumanization

The attitude of President Trump toward federal law enforcement is, to put it mildly, mixed. The FBI refused to bend to his will. So it is comprised of “hardened Democrats” …

Trump takes ‘shackles’ off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe

A week after he won the election, President Donald Trump promised that his administration would round up millions of immigrant gang members and drug dealers. But as ICE officers get …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Immigration agents descend on 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

Seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Ferguson: Motel 6 gave info to feds

Washington’s attorney general is suing Motel 6, saying the budget hotel disclosed the personal information of thousands of guests to federal immigration authorities in violation of state law.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017

Bier: It’s bad bureaucracy, not ‘sanctuaries’

Rather than as a result of weak border protections, Garcia Zarate ended up in San Francisco through multilevel bureaucratic incompetence.

Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Call for police brutality is no joke

Trump’s calls for violence are no joke, and people across the political spectrum should demand an end to his violent rhetoric.

After errors, ICE suspends reports designed to embarrass ‘sanctuary’ cities

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suspending a recently adopted practice of reporting cities that don’t cooperate with federal detention efforts after the first few reports were plagued by errors.

State Patrol reviewing crash that led to immigration hold

Washington State Patrol is investigating to see if it followed its own policies after a minor crash on Interstate 5 could lead to a man’s deportation. Washington State Patrol does …