Panel: “Unequal Justice: Immigrant Rights, Detention, and Advocacy in Pierce County”

Please join us at UW Tacoma for an important event on January 30th! “Unequal Justice: Immigrant Rights, Detention, and Advocacy in Pierce County” As the site of one of the largest detention facilities on the West Coast, Pierce County and the City of Tacoma are at the center of ongoing efforts to document and challenge […]
Jan 18, 2019

Maru Mora-Villalpando in her own words

Maru Mora-Villalpando, the 2018 Globalist of the Year, talks about her life and her advocacy in her own words.
Oct 22, 2018

Deadline to comment on Trump “public charge” proposal set

Local service providers said there has been a drop in immigrants accessing public services, as some fear how the change to "public charge" rules would affect their residency status.
Oct 11, 2018
(Photo by Christina Chung)

Tahmina Talks Immigration: Student visa enforcement ramps up

Trump administration issued a memo earlier this month focusing enforcement on those who overstay or violate student visa rules.
Aug 28, 2018

Three asylum seekers file class action lawsuit to reunite with children

The families, who are from Honduras and El Salvador, will ask the court for permission to represent all parents in Washington state who are separated from their children.
Jun 25, 2018

Immigration activists form human chain at Seattle ICE offices

The protest called for an end to local agencies' cooperation with immigration enforcement, and protesters formed a human chain in front of Seattle's federal immigration offices.
Jun 5, 2018
Immigrants and asylum seekers released from the Northwest Detention Center find themselves on the street in industrial Tacoma, thousands of miles from home, with few resources. But now welcome center in a 36 foot RV is their to help. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Legal aid program for detained immigrants to be suspended

The program is one of the few resources immigrants in detention have to defend themselves in a court lacking constitutional provisions.
Apr 18, 2018

Bank of America will begin asking about citizenship status

One account holder said she worries how the answers from the question about citizenship could be used.
Apr 13, 2018

Immigration activist says her deportation case violates first amendment rights

Dozens came out to support Maru Mora-Villapando in her first court hearing in the federal government's deportation case against the immigration activist.
Mar 16, 2018

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

Mora-Villalpando calls for accountability after state agency passes information to ICE

Washington State Department of Licensing's cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls into question the state's "sanctuary" policies.
Feb 18, 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
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

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

Detained immigrants launch hunger strike at Northwest Detention Center

A group of about 400 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are participating in the hunger strike, activists say.
Apr 11, 2017