Trump loses appeal; court declines to reinstate travel ban

A federal appeals court declined to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by visa holders from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Feb 9, 2017

Seattle votes to affirm commitment to immigrants, push back on federal orders

With the "Welcoming City" resolution, Seattle stands by refugees and immigrants — and its efforts to push back on Trump's executive orders.
Jan 31, 2017
Chief Sealth Junior Allison Steele reacts during a dragon dance ceremony that opened an exhibition game between Nankai High School and Chief Sealth in 2015. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Divergent Values: Where Chinese and Seattleites risk misreading each other

With so many new Chinese arrivals in Seattle, time for a guide to cultural understanding from someone with experience in both cultures.
Lorena Gonzalez at a press conference at Seattle Center, before being sworn in to the Seattle City Council. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Seattle ‘Welcoming City’ resolution includes plan for push back on federal orders

A "Welcoming City" resolution reinforces Seattle's commitment to immigrants — including forming a team specifically to respond to federal orders.
Jan 29, 2017

Sea-Tac protest follows Trump travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries

Trump’s order blocked holders of green cards and visas from entering the United States. Protesters gathered at airports nationwide, including at SeaTac.

Immigrant march signals solidarity, if not security, for the most targeted

People with the most to lose from a Trump presidency were out in the streets of Seattle on Inauguration Day in a show of bravery and solidarity.
Jan 21, 2017
A family talks with a volunteer about any potential red flags regarding their citizenship application at a 2016 citizenship workshop held by the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. (Photo by Alabastro Photography)

Seattle kicks off Trump era with legal help for immigrants

As Trump gets sworn into office on Inauguration Day, volunteer lawyers in Seattle will be helping local immigrants plan for an uncertain future.
Jan 4, 2017

Trump transition memo offers glimpse into immigration, border plans

The request included assessment of the capacity to build a border wall and to expand immigrant detention.
Jan 3, 2017

A sleepless first night in the United States

His first night in the U.S. was at the home of some friends of the family. It wasn't a warm welcome.
Dec 30, 2016

A restaurant wall says a thousand words

Tired of being shaken down in Greece for running a food stand, a family moves to Seattle.
Dec 28, 2016
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.

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

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

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

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