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Stories tagged: immigration


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Fortunato bill would end sanctuary cities

Washington shouldn’t be a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants, and its cities shouldn’t be allowed to declare themselves sanctuary cities, a Republican state senator running for governor said Monday.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Here’s how to combat the evil being done in our names

Any time is a good time – and this season is better than most – to embrace all that we have in common as fellow travelers in this difficult life. …


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.


US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

The U.S. government had nearly 70,000 migrant children in custody this year, a record number of infants, children and teens at risk for trauma that can cause ongoing physical and …


French police dismantle large migrant camps in Paris

French police dismantled makeshift migrant camps in areas underneath suburban highways in northeast Paris on Thursday, an opportunity for President Emmanuel Macron’s government to tout its pledge of getting tough …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

U.S. judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants

A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Immigration official says U.S.-Mexico border crisis not over

A top U.S. Border Patrol official has a warning: The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is not over.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count

The American Civil Liberties Union says US immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, bringing the total number …


U.S. takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Mexicans seeking asylum becoming more prominent at U.S. border

As the Trump administration has all but stopped allowing Central American families to seek asylum in the U.S., Mexican parents and children are arriving in increasing numbers at the southern …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Spokane judge blocks Trump rule restricting immigration for people who need government help

The Trump administration proposed a tightening of the definition of a public charge that would allow denying the application for permanent residence to anyone who receives public benefits for more …


Judge won’t dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees

Washington state’s effort to force a privately run immigration jail to pay its detainees minimum wage for work they perform can continue, after all


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Lawsuit alleges Okanogan County held woman illegally based on her immigration status

The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday alleges officials deprived Maria Del Rayo Mendoza Garcia of her civil rights when they held her in custody for nearly two days after …


Trump’s new refugee policy could pit cities against states

When President Donald Trump dramatically slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., he also gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them for the …


Judge blocks Trump rules for detained migrant kids

A U.S. judge blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely


House rebukes Trump on border wall, but he plans veto

The Democratic-controlled House made a second attempt Friday to overturn President Donald Trump’s use of emergency powers to raid military base projects such as schools and target ranges to pay …


Trump administration proposes historically low refugee limit

The Trump administration wants to cap the number of refugees admitted into the United States to the lowest number since the resettlement program was created in 1980


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

U.S., El Salvador to sign asylum deal

The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America’s most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to …


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: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

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: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Under U.S. pressure Mexico shifts immigration policy

Under pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico’s immigration policy has moved from one that promised to help migrants to one characterized by militarized enforcement under the growing influence of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

The U.S. Supreme Court’s clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum claims from Central Americans was denounced by immigration advocates as a “death sentence” …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Trump administration officials discuss slashing refugee cap

Trump administration officials will meet next week to discuss whether to further restrict the number of refugees accepted to into the U.S, official says


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

Facing deportation, mother and son seek sanctuary at Olympia synagogue

About 40 people gathered at the synagogue for the announcement Thursday, including other faith leaders and members of the Temple Beth Hatfiloh congregation. Maria Pablo Matias, who fled her country …


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 …


Mexico claims success in stopping migrants; activists say no

Mexico says it has complied with a 90-day deadline from the U.S. to reduce the flow of migrants through its territory, but activists say Mexico’s crackdown has only forced migrants …


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


Washington joins lawsuit against proposed changes to detaining immigrant children

Washington joined a group of other states challenging proposed new rules by the Trump administration that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson described Monday as part of “scorched earth immigration policies.”


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sometimes, evil looks like the guy in the mirror

In everyday life, evil is seldom obvious or loud. It is the face of nothing to see here and going along to get along, the face of doing my job …