Jose Robles detained by ICE after leaving sanctuary by Seattle church

After a year of living under sanctuary of Seattle's Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Jose Robles presented himself to immigration authorities and was detained.
Jul 17, 2019

ICE flights move to Yakima after being frozen out of Boeing Field

The development follows recent news that ICE deported 34,000 people through King County's Boeing Field between 2011 and 2018.
May 14, 2019

Community leads effort to keep Khmer families together

The removals of 36 Khmer-American community members have sent shock waves through the community. However, the tide is turning. Following this latest wave, an ad hoc group led by some of the family members of the WA7 has come together.
Dec 21, 2018

Dominican Republic cracking down on illegal immigration, sending many Haitians home

The Dominican Republic arrested and deported dozens of illegal Haitians immigrants, who came to find jobs in hopes of earning money to help their families survive in Haiti. A Haitian sociologist said it's time for Haitians to invest in their own job market.
Nov 23, 2018

Three asylum seekers file class action lawsuit to reunite with children

The families, who are from Honduras and El Salvador, will ask the court for permission to represent all parents in Washington state who are separated from their children.
Jun 25, 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
Unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas (Photo courtesy U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar)

Tentative proposal in children’s lawsuit for right to lawyer in deportation cases

A federal judge in Seattle tentatively proposed which children could join a class action lawsuit on lack of access to legal help in deportation cases.
Apr 21, 2016
Rodrigo Valenzuela's "Maria TV." (Image from the Frye Art Museum)

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s ‘Future Ruins’ reminds us of the ’13th Man’

Rodrigo Valenzuela shows us the "13th Man" post-Superbowl upset.
Feb 8, 2015
1990 RomCom "Green Card" depicted a French-American couple whose sham immigration marriage turned to true love.

Green card marriages blur lines between love and convenience

A green card marriage is one of the easiest ways to immigrate to the U.S. — but you'll have to convince the government your love is true.
Jan 6, 2015
The turnout at Highline College at an informational event earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of NWIRP)

Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action

“These work permits have an expiration date to them,” said Corona, who also heads the Washington Dream Act Coalition. “It's an obvious and clear thing for an employer who may start questioning the longevity of someone they are about to make an major investment in.”
Dec 17, 2014
Detainees left their marks on the walls of the building’s outdoor recreation courtyard using melted roofing tar. Many left their names and from where they emigrated. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Detainees memorialized at old INS building

Walking into the Inscape Arts and Cultural Center didn’t feel quite like I thought it would. The building looks more like a school or a train station than the former home of United States Immigrant Station and Assay Office. But that’s exactly what it is. This past Sunday, Dec. 7, Inscape opened “Voices of the […]
Dec 10, 2014
Protestors mimic force-feeding detainees at an August 2nd demonstration at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo from NWDC Resistance Facebook Page )

Tensions rise at Tacoma detention center, with little room for negotiation

Immigrant detainees in the Northwest are caught between an antagonistic federal agency, a profit-hungry corporation and a dysfunctional do-nothing Congress.
Aug 7, 2014
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma has been used to imprison immigrants slated for deportation since April of 2004. (Image via Google Maps)

ICE contract to house immigrant detainees opening this summer

Looking for a business opportunity? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking for someone to provide secure accommodations for thousands of immigrants slated for deportation from the Northwest each year.
Jun 2, 2014

Man convicted in Int’l District massacre deported after 31 years

One of the three men convicted in the Wah Mee Massacre — the deadliest mass murder in Seattle history— was deported to Hong Kong Tuesday. Wai-Chiu “Tony” Ng was 24 years old when he entered the Wah Mee gambling club with Benjamin Ng and Willie Mak. Mak was in debt to another club, and enlisted his two accomplices to help him […]
May 15, 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
A protestor’s 15 Now sign sits strapped to his bicycle as marchers cross the Madison St. Bridge, entering downtown. (Photo by Seth Halleran)

Mayor’s plan not enough for May Day marchers

Thousands of marchers wound their way through Seattle Thursday afternoon to advocate for worker and immigrant’s rights — and to protest Mayor Ed Murray’s brand new proposal for a $15/hour minimum wage phased-in over seven years. “Every year of a phase-in is yet another year a worker has to live in poverty!” Socialist City Council member Kshama […]
May 3, 2014
Dede Adhanom's son King holding family photo in a still from "Unified Struggle." (Courtesy of Guerrilla Films)

“Unified Struggle” film tackles deportation, justice, and activism

Giday “Dede” Adhanom is a mother of three living in Seattle, who has devoted most of her life to activism. She’s worked on issues of youth violence, housing access, employment, and the juvenile prison expansion. She’s also spent much of her life fighting her own deportation. In an effort to call attention to the persecution […]
Apr 23, 2014
One of the "pods" at the Northwest Detention Center, where groups of up to 250 detainees are held. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Hey, what ever happened with that hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center?

It’s not easy organizing a hunger strike inside a secure detention facility. But with nothing but time on their hands, people get resourceful. Jose Moreno, a former detainee who participated in the strike until his release March 12, broke down some of the techniques the detainees used to organize: informal sign language, messages placed between the […]
Apr 21, 2014
An unidentified detainee at the Northwest Detention Center in 2008. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

National Poetry Month: Send us your poem about immigration

April is National Poetry Month, and while there are many ways to celebrate, one I enjoy is participating in the 30/30. Writing 30 poems in 30 days, one a day, like a vitamin to stimulate the creative juices in your soul… or to taunt and frustrate you mercilessly, depending on the day. Sometimes you need a […]
Apr 14, 2014
The family of detainee hold signs outside Northwest Detention Center during a demonstration on Saturday. (Photo by Lael Henterly)

Hundreds stand in solidarity with detainee hunger strikers

Over 200 activists, family members of former and current immigration detainees and concerned citizens braved the elements Saturday afternoon to stand in solidarity with those being held inside the Northwest Detention Center, and at similar facilities around the nation. Organized by the activist group #Not1More Deportation, the march and rally in Tacoma coincided with events around […]
Apr 7, 2014