Children play at a school financed by U.S. pop star Madonna south of Malawi's capital Lilongwe. Madonna is seeking to adopt a second child from the southern African country. (Photo by REUTERS / Antony Njuguna)

International adoption immigration laws can lead to citizenship surprises

Because of holes in U.S. immigration laws, thousands of international adoptees might be surprised to discover they aren't citizens.
Jun 21, 2016
Seattleites gathered on Feb 3rd to protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement still needs to be ratified by member countries. (Photo by Rick Barry)

How will your legislators vote on the huge Trans-Pacific trade deal?

Obama's landmark free trade agreement is signed, but not yet sealed or delivered. How will Washington pols vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Feb 22, 2016
Citizens gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in the dawn hours to blockade busses with deportees from leaving. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Bernie Sanders wants private companies out of the immigration detention business

Tacoma immigration detention center is one of many private prisons that Sanders wants closed.
Sep 23, 2015
Somali-Americans gather to discuss the issue of Somali remittances at the New Holly gathering hall yesterday, April 31st. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman / The Seattle Globalist)

Searching for a solution to the Somali remittance crisis

Somali Americans came together with politicians to look for a way to keep remittance money flowing to Somalia in spite of banks' restrictions.
Apr 3, 2015
NWDC Head Count

Fewer immigrants filling Tacoma detention center, as doubts grow about new contract

With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.
Apr 2, 2015
Seattleites joined Mayor Murray, Rep. Adam Smith and immigrant rights advocates at a rally outside the Federal Building Thursday, heralding Obama's executive action and demanding further steps toward immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Obama immigration actions, DREAMers targeted in House vote

House Republicans passed a bill linking Department of Homeland Security funding with moves to undo President Barack Obama's immigration policies.
Jan 15, 2015
Nestora Salgado addresses the community police force she lead in Olinalá, Mexico, prior to her arrest last year. (Still from Youtube)

Political support grows for Renton grandmother-turned-militia-leader held in Mexico

  After almost a year in a Mexican prison, a wave of political pressure is gathering for the release of Renton resident Nestora Salgado. “We must shame the Mexican government into doing the right thing,” Congressman Adam Smith said in a press conference held at Seattle University on Monday. Salgado is a naturalized citizen and U.S. passport holder who moved […]
Jun 19, 2014
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment

Earlier this week detainees at the Northwest Detention Center called an official end to their 56 day hunger strike in protest of conditions at the Tacoma facility. One of their stated victories was that the strike drew international attention to the private prison network operated by Florida-based corrections corporation the GEO Group. The storm of […]
May 8, 2014
Tin ore, along with tantalum and tungsten make up the "3T minerals" found in DR Congo, which are valuable for use in cell phones and computers. (Photo by of Image Journeys Sasha Lezhnev via Flickr)

Rep. Smith goes to Congo (and returns with trade on his mind)

Seattle Congressman Adam Smith visited Democratic Republic of Congo, and came back convinced business ties were the best way to end the decades long cycle of war.
Feb 26, 2014
Volunteers from immigrant rights non-profit OneAmerica campaigning for civic engagement by immigrants at Seattle Central Community College this past August. (Photo courtesy OneAmerica)

Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district

When Washington’s congressional districts were redrawn last January, the State Redistricting Commission made a bold move: They split the city of Seattle between two districts in order to create the state’s first ever “majority-minority” district. The 9th Congressional District was shifted northward, leaving behind the Fort Lewis area and rural Pierce County to take in […]
Oct 28, 2012