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Tasveer’s 10th film festival brings South Asian geopolitics home

Six films to watch at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival explore complex issues of "#ComingHome" in the South Asian diaspora.
Oct 12, 2015
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
Guards book a new detainee into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The facility is run by the Geo Group, a private corrections corporation, on contract from the Department of Homeland Security

GEO Group signs new 10 year contract for the Northwest Detention Center

GEO Group, criticized for its treatment of immigrant detainees, signed a contract to continue operations at the Northwest Detention Center through 2025.
Oct 2, 2015
Niyati Desai, originally from Mumbai but living in Seattle on an H4 visa, will be eligible to work in the U.S. under a new plan detailed by Homeland Security this week. (Courtesy photo)

Unable to work, spouses of H-1B tech workers find roles limiting

Thousands of tech worker spouses — many of them with advanced degrees — reluctantly give up careers because their visas don't allow them to work.
Aug 31, 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
Lobsang Dargey in a video about Path America. (Screen shot of Path America YouTube video.)

Tibetan monk-turned-developer accused of defrauding immigrants

The SEC filed a lawsuit against Lobsang Dargey, whose development firm Path America woos Chinese investors with the EB-5 immigrant program.
Aug 25, 2015
Screen shot of an ad that  U.S. Customs and Border Protection is running in Honduras as part of a campaign to discourage undocumented immigration. (Stilll of U.S. Customs and Border Protection video.)

U.S. ad campaign in Central America aims at curbing undocumented crossings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ad campaign aims at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the United States without documentation.
Aug 18, 2015
Polish immigrants arriving in the U.S. around the turn of the century we're stereotyped as "farm people" and usually went straight to work as agricultural laborers or farmers. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Why today’s immigrants are shunning rural living

My friends are shocked to hear I’m considering doing something almost no immigrants do: moving to a rural area.
Jul 2, 2015
Members of the Central Area Senior Center Sliders Dance Group learn some West African moves at the November World Dance Party. (The World Dance Party held at the Filipino Community Center in November. (Photo by Steven Zhang)

Top 5 things to do in Seattle this June

It's June, and that means Seattle is bursting with fun. We've scoured the Globalist Calendar and come up with five events you won't want to miss!
Jun 4, 2015
An overcrowded detention centre in Sana'a, Yemen holds Ethiopian migrants making their way to Saudi Arabia seeking work opportunities (Photo by Anna Surinyach/MSF)

From Seattle to Saudi Arabia, dangerous myths lure Ethiopian migrants

Ethiopian migrants have suffered a string of tragedies and abuse recently. But the experience for those coming to the Northwest isn't so easy either.
Jun 1, 2015
Juan Valadez, a young graphic designer who lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, says the idea of moving to the U.S. isn't of interest to him or most of his friends. (Photo by Alysa Hullett)

Young Mexicans finding fewer reasons to head north

For entrepreneurial young Mexicans, dreams of prosperity no longer lie across the border.
Apr 3, 2015
(Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr)

Rejecting the American Dream, Mexicans reintegrate back home

Divided from family and missing their culture, returning home is an obvious choice for many Mexican immigrants. But things aren't always so easy once they get there.
Mar 26, 2015
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Mexican immigration slows as ‘better life’ in US proves elusive

More and more Mexican migrants are giving up lives and jobs in the Northwest to go back across the border.
Mar 19, 2015
Tsunami hazard signs line the West Coast of the US. (Photo from Flickr by Daniel Hoherd)

The disaster waiting to happen at the Northwest Detention Center

In the event of a natural disaster like a tsunami, what would happen to the hundreds of immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma?
Mar 18, 2015
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
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-WA1, invited DREAMer Juan Macedo de Alba of Mount Vernon to Obama's 2015 State of the Union address. (Photo courtesy Rep. Suzan DelBene's office.)

Washington DREAMer invited to State of the Union

DREAMer Juan Macedo de Alba was in the audience of President Barack Obama's seventh State of the Union address, as a guest of Rep. Suzan DelBene, a year after the honor student faced deportation.
Jan 21, 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)

Obama immigration actions, DREAMers targeted in House vote

House Republicans passed a bill linking Department of Homeland Security funding with moves to undo President Barack Obama's immigration policies.
Jan 15, 2015
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Navigating America’s biracial identity crisis

We’re living in a post-racial America, right? Then why is identifying as more than one race still so hard?
Jan 9, 2015
Candidates for U.S. citizenship wait to be sworn in at the 28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony on July 4th at the Seattle Center.

Wing Luke Museum seeks stories, art for Immigration Act exhibit

Your stories, artwork, music or poetry about immigrating to the United States could be part of an upcoming online exhibit commemorating the Immigration Act of 1965 at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. The Wing is seeking submissions for an upcoming exhibition on the Immigration Act of 1965, which abolished the United States’ […]
Jan 7, 2015