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

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

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

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

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

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

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