illegal immigration

Hunger Strike
4:19 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Day 4 of Hunger Strike at Tacoma Detention Center

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.
Credit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.

As of Monday morning, 154 detainees were refusing food.

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Financial Aid
6:26 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington Legislature Sends ‘Real Hope’ Act To Governor

Republican State Senator Barbara Bailey celebrates with students following final passage of the “Real Hope Act."
Credit Austin Jenkins

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally. The state House Tuesday night overwhelmingly gave final approval to a measure to allow high school graduates who came to this country illegally with their parents to apply for state financial aid.

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Real Hope Act
5:38 am
Mon February 3, 2014

'Real Hope' Act Passes Washington Senate

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:51 pm

Undocumented Washington high school graduates may be one step closer to accessing financial aid.

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DREAM Act
5:09 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington House Re-Passes College Aid For Immigrant Students

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (left) and Rep. Larry Haler.
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 10:50 am

It wasn’t all pomp and circumstance on Monday. The opening day of the Washington Legislature included something rare for day one: a floor vote.

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Immigrants & Drivers Licences
4:09 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Signature Drive Forces Vote On Oregon Driver License Bill

Oregon DMV

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:07 am

Oregon voters will decide next year whether people in this country illegally can qualify for a state driver license.

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Immigration Reform
5:40 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Causa Supporters Hold Rally In Eugene

Hugo Nicolas, the organizer of Oregon’s immigration advocacy group, Causa.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

To show support for immigration reform, about 25 people attended a rally in front of the federal building in Eugene Wednesday.

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Immigrations Holds
6:28 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

In King County Jails, I.C.E. Holds Lead To Longer Lockups

If you’re booked into a King County jail, you’ll stay an extra month, on average, if immigration officials want to review your file. That’s even if you haven’t been charged with a crime. This is one of the findings in a new report today from the University of Washington.

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Immigrant Stories
6:32 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Northwest Town Rides Ups And Downs Of 'Broken' Immigration System

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:57 am

BREWSTER, Wash. - There's one word that politicians almost always use when they talk about the U.S. immigration system. That word is “broken.” But what does that really mean? Residents of the small town of Brewster, Wash., know. For decades, immigrants have come from Mexico, often illegally, to work the surrounding apple and cherry orchards. Bewster, it turns out, is a microcosm of how the immigration debate is playing out.

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Detention Center Budget
6:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Budget Impasse Leads To Some Releases At Tacoma Immigration Lockup

Sequestration has apparently led to a “get out of jail free” card for some detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma. With budget cuts looming, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it’s shifting some detainees around the country to supervised release. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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Washington Dream Act
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

College Aid For Undocumented Students Up For Debate In Olympia

State Senator Ed Murray introduced the Washington Dream Act Tuesday in Olympia.
Credit Bluedisk / Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday hundreds of immigrants and advocates plan to gather in Olympia to lay out their priorities for lawmakers. One top issue is called the Washington Dream Act. State Senator Ed Murray introduced the bill Tuesday. Under the measure, undocumented college students would become eligible for state financial aid.

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