Families organized by Casa Latina rallied in front of the federal building in Seattle on Monday. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Supreme Court declines to reconsider deadlocked immigration case

The Supreme Court had deadlocked 4-4 earlier this year, halting Obama's plans to expand deferred action to millions of undocumented immigrants.
Oct 4, 2016
Cilviana Hernandez (second from left) grew up in a Skagit Valley migrant farmworker family. Now she's part of the film "Every Row a Path" that details the challenges of migrant youth trying to balance work and education. (Photo courtesy Janice Blackmore)

Farmworker filmmakers put Skagit Valley migrant life on screen

The film “Every Row a Path,” which screens in Seattle this weekend, shows the challenges of growing up in the fields as a migrant farmworker.
Jun 24, 2016
Irere Unzueta, 29, speaks with reporters at a news conference on Wednesday about her lawsuit against U.S. immigration authorities, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 24, 2016. (Photo by Fiona Ortiz for Reuters.)

Chicago immigrant claims U.S. retaliated over her activism

Ireri Unzueta, who was denied DACA renewal, says she worries other students who speak up about immigration issues could be targeted.
May 25, 2016
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Ex-interim SeaTac city manager sought to map Muslims, says report

City of SeaTac staff members were "alarmed" by former interim City Manager James "Donny" Payne's inquiries about Muslims and East African immigrants.
May 24, 2016
Maricela Osorio (right) wipes her eyes after getting emotional addressing a crowd at a rally supporting Obama's immigration actions in front of the federal building in downtown Seattle, while Casa Latina organizer Cariño Barragán (left) comforts her. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Some Seattle families see “glimmer of hope” in Obama’s deferred action programs

Seattle families voiced support this week for President Obama's immigration overhaul that came before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
Apr 20, 2016
Amy Kele, second from right, joined other women in a 100-mile pilgrimage calling for a humane response to families split by immigration laws. The pilgrimage culminated with greeting Pope Francis in D.C. Photo via Marissa Vichayapai.

7-year family separation leads to 100-mile march for immigration reform

Amy Kele, 18, was 11 years old the last time she saw her parents. She joined the pilgrimage of "100 Women 100 Miles" to bring a face to immigration reform.
Oct 8, 2015
Yeung volunteers at the Somali Community Services Coalition in Tukwila, WA. Photo courtesy of Aaron Yeung.

Where do Seattle’s international communities live? Seattle Times maps them

If you're curious about which neighborhoods in King County have the greatest concentration of immigrants, the Seattle Times has an interactive map.
Oct 6, 2015
Nith Lewis, who came to the U.S. in 1981 as a refugee from Lao explained what a good job looks like and jobs created under EB-5 are not.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Hotel workers union denounces “$500,000 Green Card”

Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.
Aug 27, 2015
Joey Lu performs as his drag persona, Yuki. (Photo courtesy of Joey Lu)

Asian LGBTQ students speak up on being out at UW

LGBTQ students at UW who hail from Asian countries talk about the differences between being out in Seattle versus attitudes in their home countries.
Jun 9, 2015
NBC's series "The Slap" tells the story of a group of friends torn apart when one physically disciplines another's child.

NBC’s “The Slap” hits at the disciplinary struggles of immigrant parents

Our beliefs about physical discipline of children are based on our cultural training. So what about families that are bridging two cultures?
Apr 2, 2015
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New novel fuses immigrant experience and transgender identity

Canadian transplant Kim Fu’s “For Today I am a Boy” is hot off the press with a fresh perspective on Asian American transgender identity.
Jan 9, 2014
Hydrabad Pigeon by Raja Singh

Passion for pigeons unites NW natives and new immigrants

Eagles are majestic. Doves are romantic. Pigeons, with their tatty wings and street-living ways, are seen by many as dumb and dirty, referred to as the “rats of the sky.” But if you ever met a sleek-feathered, iridescent-colored, sharp-eyed racing pigeon, you’d never think of his cousin—that humble creature eating bread crusts in Pioneer Square—the […]
Jan 11, 2013
The Memelo siblings, recent immigrants from Kenya, represent what recruiters hope will be a new face of the US military. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

New NW immigrants bring diversity to military ranks

Turns out you don’t pack much for boot camp. When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to head off for basic training this week, I imagined huge duffel bags stuffed with gear. Instead, she showed me a backpack the size of a school bag, full of white […]
Nov 16, 2012
Magdaleno Rose Avila, the newly named director of Seattle's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (Photo from the UW Center for Human Rights)

Rose-Avila named director of Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Immigration advocate and former director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Magdaleno Rose-Avila, was named director of the Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) this week. Rose-Avila grew up in a Mexican-American farm worker community in Colorado, and has a long history of organizing for progressive causes. He’s worked for the United Farm Workers, the Peace Corps, Amnesty […]
May 23, 2012
King County Metro route 42

South Seattle immigrant communities fight uphill battle for transportation

Getting from point A to point B isn’t easy for 68-year-old Tuyet Mhi Mai. Especially when those points are her daughter’s crowded Lake City home and service classes or work in South Seattle. Since the King County Metro reduced bus route 42 because it runs parallel to the Light Rail, Mai’s commute is a little more […]
May 14, 2012
Labor march Seattle

May Day gets rowdy, but immigration activists stay on message

More than 80 countries officially celebrated International Worker’s Day yesterday. Demonstrators from Chile to the Philippines, Spain to Tunisia called for everything from higher wages to the overthrow of corrupt leaders. The May Day holiday is not officially observed in the US. Instead, we have Labor Day, which started in the late 1800’s as a […]
May 2, 2012
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Who is an immigrant?

I am an immigrant. I landed in Florida with my mother on August 11, 1996 at age 18. For six years I had to carry a laminated card that read Resident Alien on me at all times. In November 2002, at age 24, I was granted US citizenship and a passport. On the day of […]
Jan 27, 2012