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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

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, 9:04 p.m.

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, 9:50 p.m.

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, 7:55 p.m.

‘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, 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: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

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, 6:22 p.m.

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, 7:47 p.m.

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, 5:05 p.m.

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, 8:26 p.m.

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, 3:09 p.m.

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, 2:45 p.m.

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 …


‘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. 21, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

The Trump administration is moving to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 11:51 a.m.

New York, 2 other states sue over Trump immigration rule

New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including …


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.


Human smugglers face a dry spell with Mexico’s crackdown on Central American migration

A crackdown by Mexican authorities – acting at the insistence of President Donald Trump – has dramatically reduced the flow of Central American migrants this summer.


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 …