Will James

Will James covers business, labor, and the South Sound region for KPLU. He came to the station from Newsday in his home state of New York. 

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it arrested nearly 500 people nationwide last week in an operation targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Thirty-three of those arrests were in Washington and Oregon. Officials with the agency known as ICE say they want to send a message to cities that limit their cooperation with immigration agents.

More than a quarter-million immigrants in Washington state are eligible for citizenship. But fewer than one-in-ten apply each year.