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Travel controversy a proud moment for Washington

If this was simply a way to follow through on a long-ago campaign promise to impose a moratorium of sorts on Muslims entering the country, then we can be thankful …


Holly Pickett: Fear-based policy walls off our humanity

Some of the bravest, smartest, most wonderful people I know happen to be Muslim. Some are refugees. Some are from the seven nations cited in the travel ban. All are …


Trump travel ban cost $185 million in bookings, report says

Officials with the Global Business Travel Association say roughly $185 million in business travel bookings were lost in the week following President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and people …


U.S. officials stop vetting Nauru refugees for resettlement

U.S. officials stopped screening refugees held on Nauru for potential resettlement in the United States this week but will return to the Pacific atoll to continue working toward a deal …


U.S. accused of refusing detainee list as travel cases mount

The U.S. government is refusing to comply with a court order to identify people who were stopped at airports under President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven countries, lawyers …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

UN: Number of Burundian refugees to reach 500,000 this year

The number of Burundians fleeing political violence is expected to reach 500,000 this year, and the United Nations is seeking more land for refugee camps in neighboring countries, the U.N. …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017

Seattle judge who stalled Trump ban is a highly regarded Republican appointee

The federal judge who stopped President Donald Trump’s travel ban is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind and past volunteer work for refugees.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

Idaho governor says Christian refugees deserve priority

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he agrees with President Donald Trump that persecuted Christians should be treated as priority in the U.S. refugee program despite acknowledging that such preference is …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

Federal judge in Seattle halts Trump immigration order

A federal judge in Seattle halted major portions of President Trump’s immigration restrictions Friday afternoon.


Chaotic directive jeopardizes American values

We all want safety, but we don’t want to surrender the compassion that has shaped our nation’s character. It’s not too late to take a more thoughtful approach.


Immigration order playing well to Trump’s fans around nation

President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017

U.S. official says 872 refugees to be allowed in

Nearly 900 refugees will be allowed into the United States this week despite President Donald Trump’s order suspending the U.S. refugees program, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.


Help those who helped Americans

There may be no agreement on appropriate U.S. policy in the Middle East, but Republicans and Democrats were unified when they voted overwhelmingly a year ago (2014) to renew and …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

World Relief projecting layoffs following refugee resettlement halt

World Relief Spokane is facing a budget crisis and likely layoffs of many staff members who help resettle refugees in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday temporarily …


Analysis: Republicans say it’s not a ‘Muslim ban.’ Trump, Giuliani not helping them make that case.

A familiar talking point has permeated the many Republican defenses of Donald Trump’s controversial travel entry ban: It’s not a “Muslim ban.” But it’s unavoidable to note that the ban …


Obama rejects comparison between Trump’s immigration policy and his own, encourages protests

Former president Barack Obama rejected the idea Monday that President Donald Trump had based his immigration executive order on a policy adopted by his own administration, and endorsed the protests …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

WSU issues statement supporting foreign students

Washington State University has issued a statement in support of international students and staff in light of the recent executive order banning entry into the U.S. by citizens of seven …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Spokane Catholic Bishop Thomas Daly joins Cardinal Blase Cupich in criticizing Trump’s order suspending refugee admissions

Bishop Thomas Daly of the Spokane Diocese joined local and state leaders Monday expressing concerns about President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily suspending refugee admissions to the United States.


Microsoft reaches out to its workers affected by immigration ban

Microsoft sought to reassure and offer legal assistance Saturday to employees affected by President Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Delta operations recovering; Trump blames airline for delays

Delta Air Lines, recovering from a weekend technology outage, cancelled more flights Monday but said that the issue has been resolved.


Deflecting blame, Trump hits emotional Schumer for airport chaos

President Donald Trump on Monday morning tried to deflect blame for weekend “problems” at U.S. airports by pointing the finger at Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. Or, more precisely, …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Shadi Hamid: Frightening decree singles out Muslims

The executive order underscores the new administration’s fixation on what it views not as a terrorist threat but a civilizational one in which the very act of being Muslim is …


Many religious groups come out against Trump refugee order

From pulpits to sidewalk vigils, clergy have been part of a religious outpouring against Trump’s plan to suspend refugee entry from seven majority-Muslim countries.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017

Karen Snell: Iraqi brothers sacrificed for U.S., now need our help

As Donald Trump signs away the hopes of thousands of refugees, he uses the label “radical Islamic terrorists.” Does he understand who these refugees are? Does he understand he is …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017

Protesters in Spokane denounce Trump immigration orders

Spokane protesters joined an eruption of anger and exasperation across the country as President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to stop the flow of immigrants from Muslim nations became reality with …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017

White House defends immigration directive as confusion, protests persist

The White House on Sunday tried to tamp down concerns about President Donald Trump’s sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some Republicans in Congress urged him …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017

Trump travel ban sows chaos at airports, outrage at protests

President Donald Trump’s immigration order sowed more chaos and outrage across the country Sunday, with travelers detained at airports, panicked families searching for relatives and protesters registering opposition to the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

For Afghan man in Spokane who assisted U.S. military, presidential immigration order a ‘door of hope’ closing

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring immigrants and refugees from entering the United States, Friday, much about Muhammad Danish Wahidi’s future is uncertain.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

U.S. judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban

A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.


Are you affected by Trump’s orders on immigration and refugees?

If you or a loved one has been affected by President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees, we want to hear your stories.