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Stories tagged: Immigration


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Advocates already see fallout from immigration rule change

Some public health experts say they’re already seeing the reverberations of a planned Trump administration change to who gets a green card


Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or ICE – the latest in a year full of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

2 hurt when pickup drives through immigration protest

Rhode Island’s attorney general and state police launched investigations Thursday after a truck drove through a group protesting federal immigration policies at a detention center, which has since placed an …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:47 a.m.

Former national teacher of the year from Spokane attempts to visit immigrant detention center

She’s no longer the national teacher of the year, but Mandy Manning of Spokane is still attempting to make a difference on a national scale. Usually, she’s been successful. Not …


Washington takes lead in 13-state legal challenge to immigration rule

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Richland on Wednesday, the states contend the Trump administration is attempting a “radical overhaul of federal immigration law” with the final …


U.S. should revamp asylum process

Immigration law needs an overhaul – it’s been 30 years since the last comprehensive immigration reform. Here’s a proposal.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

State looking to fight new immigration rules

Washington officials vowed to fight a new federal rule that would disqualify immigrants who use public benefits from obtaining a green card or visa, saying it could affect an estimated …


Documents: Plant owners ‘willfully’ used ineligible workers

Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

ICE officials raid Mississippi food processing plants, arrest 680

U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday, part of a large-scale operation carried out by President Donald Trump’s administration that targeted both corporations and their largely …


100 years ago in Spokane: Budding local movie industry tries to survive, despite studio bankruptcy

The Washington Moving Picture Corp. – the movie studio at Minnehaha – was in receivership, The Spokesman-Review reported, but Spokane was still clinging to the hope that this wouldn’t spell …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit over Spokane immigration initiative

The high court’s refusal to hear the case ends two years of litigation and permanently precludes the immigration measure from appearing on voter ballots. “This is absolutely the correct decision,” …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Prosecutors challenge Barr’s bid to change immigration rules

Washington state joins challenge of Attorney General William Barr’s bid to give himself more authority in deciding whether to deport immigrants with criminal convictions.


Plan halted to house migrant kids at Oklahoma Army base

Officials say there is no longer a need to detain migrant children at an Oklahoma Army base and that preparations to house them there have stopped


Froma Harrop: Build a wall to keep them in

In reforming our immigration program, let’s recognize that humanity is another quality that often seems in short supply.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Migrants sent back by US dumped in Mexico’s Monterrey

The bus carrying dozens of Central Americans from the Texas border arrived in this northern Mexican city late at night and pulled up next to the station. Men and women …


US compliments Guatemala for security cooperation

The acting head of the Homeland Security Department praised Guatemala on Wednesday for what he said was cooperation to tighten immigration security. Kevin McAleenan’s statement came a day after President …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Judge won’t block U.S. asylum restrictions at southern border

A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out.


John Tanton, architect of anti-immigration and English-only efforts, dies at 85

John H. Tanton, a Michigan ophthalmologist who was the architect of a national anti-immigration movement, died July 16 at a nursing center in Petoskey, Michigan.


‘Children should not be detained:’ Homestead center violating rights, Amnesty says

Citing what it calls a slew of human-rights violations, Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. government to shut down the Homestead detention center before children in Miami-Dade start school …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Judge to give Motel 6 settlement preliminary nod in suit

A federal judge has told Motel 6 and civil rights attorneys he plans to give his preliminary nod to a settlement in the case involving guests who complained the national …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 7:01 p.m.

Idaho music event canceled amid immigration enforcement fear

A music festival in southern Idaho has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

U.S. to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

HOUSTON – The U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

A dramatic change to U.S. asylum policy may put additional strain on overcrowded detention facilities.


62 border employees under internal investigation for posts

U..S border officials are investigating 62 current, 8 former employees after social media posts mock lawmakers, migrants


Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Hundreds gather in Spokane to remember children who died in border detention centers

Hundreds of people gathered Friday evening to take part in Lights for Liberty Spokane: End Detention Camps, the local incarnation of a national day of remembrance for the immigrants who …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants’ conditions

Democrats who’ve visited the southern border are accusing President Donald Trump of cruelty, while Republicans say Democrats are doing little to help migrants whose numbers have overwhelmed US authorities detaining …


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.


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 …