Immigrant march signals solidarity, if not security, for the most targeted

People with the most to lose from a Trump presidency were out in the streets of Seattle on Inauguration Day in a show of bravery and solidarity.
Jan 21, 2017
Demonstrating that your work in the U.S. is in the "national interest" in order to secure a green card just got a lot easier. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

New ruling signals more green cards for entrepreneurs and startups

Self-employed entrepreneurs and startup founders haven't had a good route to get a green card... until now.
Jan 11, 2017
Ricardo Lopez and his mother Ana Daysi Guerra De Lopez in their Burien apartment. (Photo by Agatha Pacheco)

Frozen by ICE: Detention centers hold thousands of legal immigrants

Each year thousands of immigrants who are entitled to stay in the U.S. still end up inside of Tacoma's immigration detention center.
Jan 9, 2017
A family talks with a volunteer about any potential red flags regarding their citizenship application at a 2016 citizenship workshop held by the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. (Photo by Alabastro Photography)

Seattle kicks off Trump era with legal help for immigrants

As Trump gets sworn into office on Inauguration Day, volunteer lawyers in Seattle will be helping local immigrants plan for an uncertain future.
Jan 4, 2017
In the documentary short “A Year Without My Parents,” screening at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, 11-year-old Tareq tries to adjust to life as a Syrian migrant in Holland. (Children’s Film Festival Seattle)

Children’s Film Festival opens young minds to the world

“Children are humans, and so they understand the world through story just like we do,” says the director of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, which starts Jan. 26.
Dec 30, 2016

A sleepless first night in the United States

His first night in the U.S. was at the home of some friends of the family. It wasn't a warm welcome.

Coming to a big, big, big country

"Its buildings, its cities, its cars, everything, the people, everything is big."
Dec 29, 2016

A restaurant wall says a thousand words

Tired of being shaken down in Greece for running a food stand, a family moves to Seattle.
Dec 28, 2016

In America, you can get to know your waiters

Shaun Sik, from Malaysia, and his family had a conversation with a waiter that changed his impression of people in the United States.
Dec 27, 2016
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

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
Credit Cards (Photo from Flickr by frankieleon)

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

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