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

Judge blocks Burien ballot measure to repeal “sanctuary” policies

The question of whether to repeal Burien's policies prohibiting officials from asking about immigration status or religion will not be on November's ballot.
Sep 18, 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

Burien voters will decide whether to revoke “sanctuary city” law

Burien's "sanctuary city" law — blocking officials from asking people about immigration or religion — will be in the hands of voters.
Aug 8, 2017
Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, in an interview with Spanish-language KNTS Radio Luz in Seattle (Courtesy photo by Chuck Olmstead)

Can religion bridge the divide over immigration policy?

Northwest University, a private Christian college in Kirkland, is hosting a symposium of immigration experts in hopes of finding common ground across political divides.
Feb 23, 2017

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

Trump inauguration looms for DACA, undocumented students

Thousands protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Washington face an uncertain future under the impending Trump administration.
Dec 27, 2016

‘UndocuGraduation’ celebrates immigrant students who beat the odds

Undocumented students who graduated from Washington colleges, universities and high schools celebrated at a special UndocuGraduation ceremony last weekend.
Jun 28, 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

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
Unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas (Photo courtesy U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar)

Tentative proposal in children’s lawsuit for right to lawyer in deportation cases

A federal judge in Seattle tentatively proposed which children could join a class action lawsuit on lack of access to legal help in deportation cases.
Apr 21, 2016

Feds say WA drivers licenses won’t be good enough for airport security

U.S. residency or citizenship isn't required for standard Washington drivers licenses, meaning they soon won't be accepted at airports or federal buildings.
Oct 29, 2015

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
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Judge OKs forced labor lawsuit against detention center contractor

The lawsuit argues that GEO violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by allegedly forcing detainees to work for free or be put in isolation.
Jul 9, 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 announces largest immigration overhaul in decades

Despite warnings from Republicans, the president took unilateral action Thursday that shields millions from deportation.
Nov 20, 2014
Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2012. (Photo courtesy Apo Anak Productions)

The new ‘coming out’

Our undocumented neighbors, co-workers and friends are taking a brave step out of the shadows to change the way we think about immigration.
Oct 23, 2014
Unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas (Photo courtesy U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar)

Flood of undocumented kids from Central America strains services

The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Central America has almost doubled this year. Is deporting them the only solution?
Jun 20, 2014

Washington volunteer finds grief and solace in Mexican Border town

Nearly half a million people are deported from the U.S. every year. Some end up here, at the tiny Migrant Resource Center in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
Nov 20, 2013

Is Obama’s immigration policy shift really a DREAM come true?

When I first saw the email alert, “Obama offers immunity to younger immigrants,” I could hardly believe it was true. President Obama had signed an executive order that was a modified version of the DREAM Act, vowing to not deport undocumented youth under 30, and giving them the opportunity to temporarily work in the U.S. legally. The […]
Jun 26, 2012