Dispatches from Seattle’s anti-ICE vigil

The Community Alliance for Global Justice is organizing daily vigils from 8-10am through this Friday July 20 at 1000 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle.
Jul 17, 2018

The greatest choice his parents ever made for him

"You go to a store, people try to talk to you, say, "Hey, uh, you can't touch that, you can't touch that." But you can only look at their facial expression, looking like, oh, they're screaming at me, what are they really saying?"
Jul 6, 2018
Danica Groah came to the US from Germany in 2006. (Photo courtesy Danica Groah)

Gambling on returning to United States

"Coming from Germany where there is not a lot of space, we have small cars...the first time I was over here and I look around at this really big Dodge Ram Ford F-150 or whatever driving next to the bus, which is already big and I’m like “Holy sh*t, what is that thing? Is that a tank?”
Jul 5, 2018

A “country girl” from Costa Rica in front of the White House

Isabel Loomis first came to the United States in 1951 for a one-year scholarship program under the Truman Point Four Program in Washington D.C.
Jul 4, 2018

A birthday also becomes her anniversary of arrival

"I moved here on my birthday, so every birthday I also celebrate my anniversary here."
Jul 3, 2018

A 24-hour journey to the United States

Bishara Kharoufeh, 50, was born in Palestine during the 1967 war between the Arabs and the Israelis.
Jul 2, 2018
Varisha Khan spoke at a rally protesting the supreme court's ruling to uphold President Trump's travel ban (Photo by Cathy You)

Seattle rallies to #StandWithMuslims as SCOTUS upholds Trump’s travel ban

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign organized a protest and Day of Action on the steps of the US Courthouse in downtown Seattle, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the travel ban 5-4.
Jun 26, 2018

May Day march highlights Youth Jail, extrajudicial killings in Philippines

One group of May Day marchers centered womxn of color and families, and focused on the No New Youth Jail effort and the recent wave of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.
May 2, 2018

Third DACA decision opens the gate for new applicants

A George W. Bush-appointed judge called the Trump administration's roll back of DACA "capricious and arbitrary."
Apr 25, 2018
Immigrants and asylum seekers released from the Northwest Detention Center find themselves on the street in industrial Tacoma, thousands of miles from home, with few resources. But now welcome center in a 36 foot RV is their to help. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Legal aid program for detained immigrants to be suspended

The program is one of the few resources immigrants in detention have to defend themselves in a court lacking constitutional provisions.
Apr 18, 2018

Bank of America will begin asking about citizenship status

One account holder said she worries how the answers from the question about citizenship could be used.
Apr 13, 2018

Washington officially recognizes Cesar Chavez Day

Washington now will recognize and observe the federal commemorative holiday for the labor activist.
Apr 2, 2018

Census question on citizenship challenged in court

Washington state officials and others double-down on opposition to citizenship question that they say would alienate immigrant communities.
Mar 27, 2018

Federal officials target King County over “sanctuary” policies

Department of Justice threatens to withhold grant funds unless King County shows it is not keeping information away from federal immigration authorities.
Jan 24, 2018

Washington legislators scramble to protect DACA student financial aid

Supporters hope that immigrant college students without documentation can still get financial aid — regardless of what happens on the federal level.
Jan 17, 2018

Northwest immigration activist calls her deportation case “intimidation tactic”

Maru Mora Villalpando at a rally in Seattle mused that she was not detained because ICE is afraid that she'll organize from the inside.
Jan 16, 2018

Reuniting with mom and dad in the United States

Jorge Juares and his family took different paths to get to the United States.
Jan 4, 2018

Seeking refuge in the U.S. after fleeing persecution in Hitler’s Austria

Claire Ellinger's family worried until the last minute that they would not make it out of Nazi-era Austria.
Jan 3, 2018

Discovering a U.S. that’s not just a Hollywood image

Claire Komori's first impression of the United States was quite different from what she expected.
Jan 2, 2018

Hugging everybody on her first day in the United States

Mario Godoy-Gonzalez told his wife that some Americans don't like to be kissed and hugged. But on their first day, that went out the window.
Dec 29, 2017