Bread of Life Mission in Pioneer Square estimates as many as half of their clients are foreign born. (Photo from Flickr by Alex Cheek)

Fear in the homeless shelter: ‘Trump is going to deport me’

A recent visit to Bread of Life mission in Seattle revealed a homeless-outreach organization with peculiar challenges facing foreigners these days.
Nov 11, 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
Gerald Donaldson, a Family Support Worker at Leschi Elementary School, high fives students entering the school. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Want black male role models in our schools? Hire them as teachers.

There's a strikingly simple solution for the black student achievement gap in Seattle schools: recruit more black teachers.
Oct 13, 2016
Unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas (Photo courtesy U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar)

Federal court rejects immigrant children’s class action suit

Appeals judges rejected a class action lawsuit which claimed that undocumented immigrant children should have a right to a lawyer in deportation hearings.
Sep 21, 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.
(Photo by Damme Getachew)

Long odds: Defending yourself in U.S. Immigration Court

Why it’s so hard to successfully defend yourself in U.S. Immigration Court — and why so many people do it anyway.
Aug 15, 2016
Ela Tinoco speaks at a press conference in Seattle. Tinoco would have qualified for the DAPA program. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Seattle undocumented immigrants frustrated by Supreme Court impasse

Immigrants and officials expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court's 4-4 tie that froze Obama's 2014 immigration actions.
Jun 23, 2016
Alejandra Peréz. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Alejandra Pérez

Undocumented student activist Alejandra Pérez encourages her peers to stop hiding and speak up for their rights even though they've been socialized not to.
Jun 20, 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
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) are shown during an operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in this image released May 11, 2016.   Courtesy ICE/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids

Reuters reports that raids are slated for May and June and would follow several months after a two-day sweep in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.
May 12, 2016
Illustration by Mohammed Kloub

Yes, there is such a thing as a secular Muslim

Tons of Americans are nominally Christian, but don’t actually practice the religion. So why is it so hard for secular Muslims to pull off the same thing?
Mar 30, 2016
Hamda Yusuf. (Photo by The Seattle Globalist)

Composting and the art of interacting with well-intentioned white people

Composting and the art of interacting with well-intentioned white people.
Mar 13, 2016
Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Supreme Court to take up Obama immigration action

U.S. Supreme Court will decide the legality of President Obama's action to shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Jan 19, 2016
Sandhiya van den Eikjhof immigrated from Kerala, India to Chicago in 2002 at age 17 when her mother got a job in the United States. (Photo courtesy Sandhiya van den Eijkhof.)

A first day in the U.S. with birthday cake

There was a chocolate cake awaiting Sandhya van den Eijkhof in their new Chicago apartment on the other side of a long immigration line.
Jan 1, 2016
Sigrun Woten, originally from Germany, first came to the United States at age 21 in 1963, the same month as President John F. Kennedy was shot. (Photo by Kayla Roberts.)

A German arrives in the U.S. at its most tragic moment

Among Sigrun Woten's first experiences in the United States was hearing the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Dec 30, 2015
Leona Coakley-Spring and her two children around the time that she immigrated from the Bahamas to the United States. (Photo courtesy the First Days Project.)

Bahamian businesswoman overcomes first days of hardship

Leona Coakley-Spring, today a Redmond business owner, recalls her first experience of snow and trusting people who took advantage of her as a new immigrant.
Dec 28, 2015
English language learners and Talk Time volunteers meet up at the Seattle Public Library. (Photo by Lisa Nikolau)

Immigrants learn the language of Seattle at Talk Time program

Immigrants and other English learners can practice their speaking skills at Seattle Public Library's Talk Time.
Dec 14, 2015
(Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr)

More Mexican immigrants leaving the U.S. than entering

Our three-part "Back across the Border" series looks at why many Mexican immigrants have chosen to return to Mexico.
Nov 20, 2015
A woman holds a replica green card sign during a protest march to demand immigration reform in Hollywood. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson for Reuters/file.)

Supporters of Obama immigration overhaul ready for Supreme Court

Supporters of Obama's immigration overhaul said a day after a blow in appeals court that they were ready to defend it to the Supreme Court.
Nov 10, 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)

Court upholds block on Obama immigration plans

The Supreme Court may have to weigh in on President Barack Obama's executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Nov 9, 2015