Activists put Northwest Detention Center on trial

With the People's Tribunal, immigration activists seek to put the spotlight on conditions that immigrant detainees face at the Northwest Detention Center.
Feb 20, 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

Reuniting with mom and dad in the United States

Jorge Juares and his family took different paths to get to the United States.
Jan 4, 2018

Seeking refuge in the U.S. after fleeing persecution in Hitler’s Austria

Claire Ellinger's family worried until the last minute that they would not make it out of Nazi-era Austria.
Jan 3, 2018

Discovering a U.S. that’s not just a Hollywood image

Claire Komori's first impression of the United States was quite different from what she expected.
Jan 2, 2018

Hugging everybody on her first day in the United States

Mario Godoy-Gonzalez told his wife that some Americans don't like to be kissed and hugged. But on their first day, that went out the window.
Dec 29, 2017

Supreme Court allows implementation of Trump travel ban

Opponents of the ban say that Trump, whose two previous travel bans were blocked by lower courts, targeted Muslims.
Dec 4, 2017

UW student detained by immigration denied bond

Bangally Fatty, a University of Washington student, faces deportation and is being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
Nov 29, 2017

Young immigrants ask Reichert to back federal DREAM act

Supporters say in Congressman Dave Reichert’s district there are 1,900 young immigrants enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Nov 16, 2017

Young immigrants reflect on the end of DACA

For these young immigrants, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program brought validation, stability and opportunity.
Oct 25, 2017
A protestor climbed a light pole outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Monday and hung and unfurled a sign reading "You are not alone" in Spanish to the detainees inside. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons

The bill also would increase the burden of proof before immigration authorities can detain people, and heighten accountability at detention centers.
Oct 23, 2017
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arresting suspects during a 2010 raid. More people have been deported under Obama than any previous president. (Photo from ICE)

33 arrested in Seattle in immigration sweep focused on “sanctuary” cities

ICE's Operation "Safe City" took place in Seattle, Massachusetts and other places that have clashed with the Trump administration over deportation policies.
Sep 29, 2017

Donor covers $125,000 in DACA fees for Washington residents

A private donation will cover the $495 renewal fee for up to 250 Washington residents in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Sep 25, 2017
Outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where immigrants facing deportation are incarcerated, and immigration cases are heard by the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review. (Photo by Damme Getachew)

Northwest Detention Center sued by state over $1-a-day wage

The suit says GEO Group violated state minimum wage laws, after it paid Northwest Detention Center immigrant detainees $1 a day.
Sep 20, 2017

Seattle organizations offer assistance as DACA deadline looms

Immigrants whose coverage by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire by March 15 face an Oct. 5 deadline to apply for renewal.
Sep 19, 2017

Judge blocks Burien ballot measure to repeal “sanctuary” policies

The question of whether to repeal Burien's policies prohibiting officials from asking about immigration status or religion will not be on November's ballot.
Sep 18, 2017

Hundreds in Seattle rally in support of DACA

Hundreds gathered at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle hours after the Trump administration announced the pending end of DACA.
Sep 6, 2017

Trump ends DACA

The program allowed young people who arrived in the United States as children without documentation to live and work without fearing deportation.
Sep 5, 2017

Sumas farmworker dies; colleagues fired after protesting working conditions

Sarbanand Farms fired farmworkers and evicted them from their housing, citing a strike that followed the collapse of a blueberry picker who later died.
Aug 10, 2017

Trump-endorsed RAISE Act would hurt economy — and immigrant families

Seattle immigration attorney Tahmina Watson analyzes the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act).
Aug 7, 2017