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
Guards book a new detainee into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The facility is run by the Geo Group, a private corrections corporation, on contract from the Department of Homeland Security

Opening their hearts to the strangers locked up in our backyard

Some Tacoma families are going out of their way to make the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center feel a little more welcome.
Feb 7, 2014
Many Uch, who was detained in the INS building before it closed in the late 90's, gives one of the interviews used in "left:behind". (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Dark voices from Seattle’s immigration past

Local artist Morgan Dusatko’s experimental audio tour of Seattle’s old INS building offers a chilling, emotional journey through a facility where thousands of immigrants were once detained.
Dec 6, 2013

Dare to DREAM: Tips from youth navigating Deferred Action

Leer en Español Imagine a thirteen year old boy trying to stay awake after walking more than three days in the desert. He’s so desperate for water that he drinks from a puddle where a dead body has fallen.  Now imagine that seven years later that boy can’t get a legal job, go to college or visit […]
Jan 9, 2013

Atrevete a Soñar: Consejos de jóvenes en Tacoma navegando la Acción Diferida

Read in English Imagine un niño de trece años tratando de mantenerse despierto después de caminar más de tres días en el desierto. Está tan desesperado por el agua que bebe de un charco donde un cadáver ha caído. Ahora imaginemos 7 años más tarde ese chico no puede conseguir un trabajo legal, ir a […]

DREAMers anxiously await Obama’s next move on immigration

Yuriana Garcia, 20, is an ambitious, soft-spoken Honors student majoring in Human Centered Design & Engineering at UW. She has a passion for bioengineering, and an impressive record working on research projects in genomics and microbiology. She’s also an undocumented immigrant. Until recently, her dreams of a PhD and a career using technological innovation to aid development […]
Nov 29, 2012

New OneAmerica director aims to boost immigrant voter participation

In the past six months alone, big things have started happening for the immigrant community is Seattle. President Obama announced a new deportation deferment policy for undocumented young adults. The Seattle City Council created the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and a new Washington State Voting Rights Act could significantly increase voting participation among immigrant […]
Oct 9, 2012

Mexicans wait in limbo after failed border crossings

The illegal border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. can be dangerous, expensive and terrifying for thousands of Mexicans walking across the Arizona desert each year. Facing possible sexual assault and death from dehydration, the most devastating turn comes when they are picked up by border patrol and sent back over the border. Rachel Alexander […]
Aug 27, 2012

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

DREAM activist facing deportation speaks out on MLK Day

Update 1/19: An Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency spokeswoman has given this statement to the Globalist: “At this time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reviewing Mr. Okere’s case to determine the appropriate next steps.” This means, she clarified, that ICE has not decided to deport Okere as of yet. Around 1000 people gathered […]
Jan 17, 2012

ICE exaggerating number of people deported, says transparency group

A Syracuse University-based transparency group released the results today of a two year long Freedom of Information struggle with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The startling data, based on case-by-case numbers of immigrants apprehended, detained and deported by ICE in 2005 appears to show that agency vastly over-reported these numbers in official statements. The new records show […]
Jan 4, 2012