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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, 12:42 p.m.

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, 1:36 p.m.

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, 10:41 p.m.

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, 6:19 p.m.

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, 9:02 a.m.

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, 11:39 p.m.

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, 11:38 p.m.

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, 11:31 p.m.

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, 3:39 p.m.

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, 9:01 p.m.

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, 11:50 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 11:47 a.m.

Iran suggests it will limit issuing of U.S. visas in reponse to Trump’s immigration and refugee orders

Iran’s foreign ministry is suggesting the country will limit issuing visas to American tourists in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump’s suspension of immigration and visas for nationals from Muslim …


Growing fallout from Trump’s new immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON – The fallout grew Saturday from President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown as U.S. legal permanent residents and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries who had left the United States found …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Refugees detained at U.S. airports challenge Trump’s executive order

Refugees who were en route to the United States on Friday evening have been detained at U.S. airports and restricted from the country as a result of President Trump’s executive …


Despite earlier remarks, Pence applauds Trump’s ban on refugees

Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis stood directly behind their boss Friday, one man on each side, as President Donald Trump announced an order that will ban …


Trudeau says Canada welcomes refugees

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump: Canada will welcome you.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Trump immigration ban brings fear to those with pending applications for residency

The expected ban on people from several counties from entering the United States for a period of time is causing uncertainty and fear among people who have pending immigration applications …


How will Trump’s policies affect the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region?

Presidents usually use their first 100 days to highlight promises they made in the campaign and emphasize progress on their agenda. Donald Trump is no exception, becoming the first president …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Trump to move on border security, immigration enforcement

President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to tighten border security – including his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border – and …


Eagle Scout project nets hundreds of blankets for Spokane-area refugees

Jared Freedland, a sophomore at West Valley High School, collected 335 blankets destined for Spokane-area refugees for his Eagle Scout project.


Sue Lani Madsen: Offering ‘radical hospitality’ to refugees helps all involved

’Tis the season of hospitality rooted in hospitality denied, as Christians retell the story of a young couple seeking shelter in Bethlehem. Welcoming refugees is still a touchy subject.


Syrian army Aleppo advance displaces thousands

Simultaneous advances by Syrian government and Kurdish-led forces into eastern Aleppo on Sunday set off a tide of displacement inside the divided city, with thousands of residents evacuating their premises, …


Twin Falls feels tension as refugees put down roots

Twin Falls is now a testing ground for whether the bitter cultural divisions intensified by this year’s presidential campaign can recede in favor of the co-dependency that marks many communities …