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
(Photo by Damme Getachew)

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
Michael Schutlzer of the Washington Technology Industry Association speaks at a press conference with other business leaders on immigration reform. (Photo by OneAmerica via Facebook.)

Washington business groups push pro-immigration policies

Agriculture and technology organizations say that Washington state's economy depends on immigration reform.
Aug 10, 2016
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) are shown during an operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in this image released May 11, 2016.   Courtesy ICE/Handout via REUTERS

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
Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 woman holds a replica green card sign during a protest march to demand immigration reform in Hollywood. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson for Reuters/file.)

Supporters of Obama immigration overhaul ready for Supreme Court

Supporters of Obama's immigration overhaul said a day after a blow in appeals court that they were ready to defend it to the Supreme Court.
Nov 10, 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
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
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
The turnout at Highline College at an informational event earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of NWIRP)

Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action

“These work permits have an expiration date to them,” said Corona, who also heads the Washington Dream Act Coalition. “It's an obvious and clear thing for an employer who may start questioning the longevity of someone they are about to make an major investment in.”
Dec 17, 2014
Detainees left their marks on the walls of the building’s outdoor recreation courtyard using melted roofing tar. Many left their names and from where they emigrated. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Detainees memorialized at old INS building

Walking into the Inscape Arts and Cultural Center didn’t feel quite like I thought it would. The building looks more like a school or a train station than the former home of United States Immigrant Station and Assay Office. But that’s exactly what it is. This past Sunday, Dec. 7, Inscape opened “Voices of the […]
Dec 10, 2014
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 announces largest immigration overhaul in decades

Despite warnings from Republicans, the president took unilateral action Thursday that shields millions from deportation.
Nov 20, 2014
An international visitor arriving at Washington Dulles Airport is fingerprinted as part of a system to track undocumented immigrants and prevent visa overstays. (Photo by Dept. of Homeland Security)

An easy fix for Obama to ease immigration backlog

Can unused visas from the 1990's be used to ease the immigration backlog.
Nov 17, 2014
OneAmerica hosted a youth rally for immigration reform this past spring. Tensions have risen from conflating the unaccompanied minor issue with immigration reform, at large. (Photo courtesy OneAmerica)

Washington prepares for 600 unaccompanied minors from Central America

Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.
Jul 24, 2014
Protestors from "Not One More" link arms to block vans from leaving the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Jill Mangaliman)

Showdown in Tacoma blocks deportations

50 protesters locked down in front of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma yesterday in what they promised would be the first of many direct actions to block deportations.
Feb 25, 2014
More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Muslim Americans flex muscle in Olympia, press for minority rights

Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators.
Jan 21, 2014
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Redmond teen confronts Boehner on Immigration Reform

With legislation stalled in the House, frustrated immigration activists are taking direct action to confront Congress.
Nov 13, 2013
(Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Immigration Reform passes Senate (with a big border security beef-up)

Comprehensive immigration reform easily passed through the Senate Thursday, including an amendment adding billions of new dollars for border enforcement.
Jun 27, 2013
Jorge Quiroga leads the crowd chants during the May 1st immigration reform march. (Photo by Ian Terry)

May Day marchers turn out in force to sway immigration reform

On the eve of big May Day protests that stayed (mostly) peaceful, The Globalist interviewed organizer Jorge Quiroga about the proposed immigration reform bill and the state of activism today.
May 1, 2013