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Stories tagged: immigration

New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could …

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., Feb. 6, 2020

Washington House committee approves bill that would restrict immigration agents around courts

House committee, rally support bill to restrict federal immigration agents’ actions around Washington courthouses.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Brexit no detour for migrants hoping to cross Channel to UK

Migrants and refugees waiting by the French side of the English Channel say Brexit hasn’t derailed their determination to cross over to pursue better lives in Britain

After crackdown, Mexico president sees caravans as waning

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he expects more caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers to emerge, but he sees the phenomenon which became a political …

Mandy Manning, Congressional candidate Chris Armitage visit immigration detention facility in Tacoma

After a previous attempt to visit with detained children at the U.S./Mexico border, the former national teacher of the year traveled to the Northwest Detention Facility earlier this month with …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

‘American Dirt” offers a thrilling adrenaline rush and insights into the Latin American migrant experience

At a bank in the border town of Nogales, a Mexican woman named Lydia attempts to withdraw cash from her dead mother’s account. She needs $11,000 to pay a smuggler …

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing …

Washington Senate passes bill to curb discrimination against undocumented immigrants

Washington residents couldn’t be discriminated against for housing, jobs or public accommodations based on their citizenship or immigration status under a bill that passed the Senate on Friday.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Mexico blocks hundreds of migrants from crossing border span

Mexican authorities have closed a border entry point in southern Mexico after thousands of Central American migrants tried to push across a bridge between Mexico and Guatemala.

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.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

100s of migrants gather in Honduras to attempt new caravan

Hundreds of mainly Honduran migrants started walking and hitching rides Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula, in a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached …

U.S. border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

The number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States along the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December. with Mexicans making up a larger than …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Appeals court keeps block of Trump immigration rule in place

A federal appeals court in New York on Wednesday rejected a motion from the Trump administration that would have allowed it to implement a policy connecting the use of public …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

GOP governors grapple with whether to accept refugees

An executive order by President Donald Trump giving governors the right to refuse to accept refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position.

Commissioners vote to allow refugee settlement in Spokane County

Spokane County Commissioners found themselves in a position Tuesday none of their predecessors had faced before: deciding whether refugees should be allowed to settle in their community. They unanimously voted …

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 …

A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

One Salvadoran family’s migration to the United States over the past year illustrates the profound effect policy changes in the U.S., Mexico and Central America are having.

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

Yoga. Meditation. English. These are some of the skills Rosa Gutierrez Lopez has learned since Dec. 10, 2018, when she became the first unauthorized immigrant to get refuge inside a …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

McMorris Rodgers joins Democrats, region’s Republicans to pass migrant farmworker reform bill

The legislation makes several changes to federal immigration law intended to make it easier for farmers and migrant workers to obtain visas for agriculture work. The bill was opposed by …

U.S. starts sending families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they’re not from there

U.S. officials have started to send families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they are not from the Central American country and had sought protection in the United States, the …

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 …