Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons
by Sarah Corn
The bill also would increase the burden of proof before immigration authorities can detain people, and heighten accountability at detention centers.
Oct 23, 2017
International adoption immigration laws can lead to citizenship surprises
by Tahmina Watson
Because of holes in U.S. immigration laws, thousands of international adoptees might be surprised to discover they aren't citizens.
Jun 21, 2016
How will your legislators vote on the huge Trans-Pacific trade deal?
by Signe Predmore
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
Bernie Sanders wants private companies out of the immigration detention business
by Lael Henterly
Tacoma immigration detention center is one of many private prisons that Sanders wants closed.
Sep 23, 2015
Searching for a solution to the Somali remittance crisis
by Sarah Stuteville
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
Fewer immigrants filling Tacoma detention center, as doubts grow about new contract
by Lael Henterly
With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.
Apr 2, 2015
Obama immigration actions, DREAMers targeted in House vote
by Venice Buhain
House Republicans passed a bill linking Department of Homeland Security funding with moves to undo President Barack Obama's immigration policies.
Jan 15, 2015
Political support grows for Renton grandmother-turned-militia-leader held in Mexico
by Kamna Shastri
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
Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment
by Lael Henterly
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
Rep. Smith goes to Congo (and returns with trade on his mind)
by Cooper Inveen
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
Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district
by Melanie Eng
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