Darartu Jamal, 9, speaks at the “Election Reflection: Building Community Strength and Resilience” event on Nov. 21st. (Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Rainier Valley youth voice fears of Trump presidency

A group of East African youth asked a panel of elected representatives tough questions about how they'll be impacted by the Trump presidency.
Nov 25, 2016
Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Anti vax movement puts Somali American kids at risk

A recent study found children of Somali-born parents were less likely to be immunized against measles, prompting calls for better public health outreach.
Nov 17, 2016
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South Asia reacts to Trump’s victory

We twitter chatted with journalists from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to get a feel for how the world is reacting to Trump's victory.
Nov 9, 2016
A highway-side protest calling for immigration reform in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. (Photo from Flickr by Joe Brusky)

Walls vs bridges: Why I’m voting for immigration reform this November

A new report outlines the huge positive impact immigrants have on Washington state's economy. They deserve a functional immigration policy.
Oct 18, 2016
Liliana Caracoza takes the oath of citizenship at a ceremony in Tacoma in September 2014. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

City of Seattle planning big push for citizenship Saturday

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee affairs is hoping to help 250 green card holders with their citizenship applications Saturday, with more events to come.
Oct 14, 2016
Employee cars and trucks parked outside of the Northwest Detention Center yesterday had picket signs charging "unfair labor practices" and understaffing" at the privately-run facility. (Photo by Victoria Mena)

Labor unrest at GEO Group’s immigrant detention center in Tacoma

More bad news for private prison contractor the GEO Group, as guards at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are picketing for better conditions.
Oct 13, 2016
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Is the American dream still alive for new immigrants?

Even after decades of professional accomplishments in her home country, Frederica Jansz says the American Dream has been elusive.
Oct 10, 2016
The author, left, with her great aunt Aucencia Lagunas Aguilar and great uncle Pedro Mansevo in their home in Taxco, Guerrero. (Courtesy photo)

Undocumented students go “back home” to Mexico for the first time

A group of undocumented youth used an obscure legal process called advanced parole to travel back to Mexico and meet family members for the first time.
Sep 21, 2016
Ilhan Omar is poised to become the first Somali American elected to a state legislature. (Photo from Ilhanomar.com)

“A new era of representation” for Somali Americans in politics?

Ilhan Omar’s high-profile campaign in Minnesota is "a wake up call” that Washington could have better representation of Somali Americans in politics.
Sep 16, 2016
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Making sense of the proposed Startup Visa alternative

The White House announced proposed a new visa alternative for international entrepreneurs.
Aug 30, 2016
The GEO Group's headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo from Wikipedia)

GEO Group stocks fall after Justice Dept. plans end of private prisons

Activists also have criticized GEO Group's management of the Northwest Detention Center, accusing it of cutting costs on services for immigration detainees.
Aug 18, 2016
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Long odds: Defending yourself in U.S. Immigration Court

Why it’s so hard to successfully defend yourself in U.S. Immigration Court — and why so many people do it anyway.
Aug 15, 2016
Somali American filmmaker and comedian Liban Barre. (Video still by Starla Sampaco)

#GreaterSeattle: The funny side of growing up Somali American

These Somali American teen filmmakers are getting big laughs from videos about the generation gap between them and their immigrant parents.
Jul 18, 2016
Meqdam "Mike" Almaroof (Photo by Rachel Anne Seymour / JFS)

Helping highly skilled refugees find their niche in Seattle

More skilled refugees are arriving in our state. But they say cultural barriers keep them out of white-collar jobs that could use their talents.
Jul 14, 2016
Cilviana Hernandez (second from left) grew up in a Skagit Valley migrant farmworker family. Now she's part of the film "Every Row a Path" that details the challenges of migrant youth trying to balance work and education. (Photo courtesy Janice Blackmore)

Farmworker filmmakers put Skagit Valley migrant life on screen

The film “Every Row a Path,” which screens in Seattle this weekend, shows the challenges of growing up in the fields as a migrant farmworker.
Jun 24, 2016
Alejandra Peréz. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Alejandra Pérez

Undocumented student activist Alejandra Pérez encourages her peers to stop hiding and speak up for their rights even though they've been socialized not to.
Jun 20, 2016
Irere Unzueta, 29, speaks with reporters at a news conference on Wednesday about her lawsuit against U.S. immigration authorities, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 24, 2016. (Photo by Fiona Ortiz for Reuters.)

Chicago immigrant claims U.S. retaliated over her activism

Ireri Unzueta, who was denied DACA renewal, says she worries other students who speak up about immigration issues could be targeted.
May 25, 2016
Viljean Celian (left), 33, repairs bicycles at Quiquica, a workshop that trains and employs migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in Mexico City. He is seen here with Luz Abril Reza López, the coordinator of Quiquica.
(Photo by Mayela Sánchez, GPJ Mexico, for Global Press News Service.)

Once just a transit point, Mexico becoming home to refugees

For some people seeking refuge or asylum from their countries of origin, Mexico has become not just a stop on the way to the U.S., but a permanent home.
May 24, 2016
2016 Seattle May Day (Photo by DJ Martinez)

Why We March: Snapshots from Seattle May Day

For the 10th straight year, hundreds of Seattleites came out for the May Day workers' and immigrants' rights march. We asked a few why they were marching this year.
May 1, 2016
Still from "For Here or To Go?"

Tech visa film vents frustrations of high-skilled immigrants

Can a movie change a law? "For Here or To Go?" takes a humorous look at flaws in the high skilled immigration system.
Feb 18, 2016