immigration

Immigrant Foster Kids
7:34 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Separated From Family, Border Kids Land In Northwest Homes

Sara attends Highline Community College south of Seattle.
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Last summer, a record number of migrant children arrived alone on the southern U.S. border. This crisis has a ripple effect in Washington. It’s one of the dozen or so states with a foster care program for some of these border kids. But homes for them are in short supply.

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Child Deportation
6:11 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Seattle Judge Weighs Right to Attorney for Kids in Deportation

A federal judge heard arguments in whether children who face deportation alone are entitled to an attorney, at the government’s expense.
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A federal judge in Seattle Friday heard arguments in a potentially far-reaching immigration case. At issue was whether children who face deportation alone are entitled to an attorney, at the government’s expense. 

There’s a rising trend of children coming alone to the U.S., unlawfully crossing the southern border.

Most are from Mexico and Central America. They’re officially called ‘unaccompanied minors’.

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Child Deportation
4:47 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawsuit: Should the Government Provide Lawyers for Kids Facing Deportation?

A woman shows her support for migrant children.
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Friday morning in Seattle, a federal hearing will resume that could have a bearing on immigration cases across the country. The central question is whether children who face deportation have the right to a government-provided attorney.

Earlier this week, a 12-year old girl with a bright red bow in her hair, sat before an immigration judge in Seattle. She quietly told the judge her age. But her twin brother was more shy. The judge explained the government is seeking to deport them. Then, he scheduled their hearing for a later date, to give them time to find a lawyer.

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Immigration
5:32 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Immigrant Deportation Debate Spills Over To State Capitol

A bill in the Washington House would direct local police and jails to stop coordinating with federal agencies on immigrant deportations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:33 pm

The congressional wrangling over immigration policy -- which threatens to cut off Homeland Security money later this week -- is spilling over to the Washington State Capitol in a fashion.

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Immigration
6:40 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Farmworker Advocate Says Obama’s Move On Deportation Doesn’t Do Enough For Agricultural Workers

Rosalinda Guillen estimated the national number of farmworkers to be affected by President Obama's deportation change is about 250,000, but is unsure what it is for Washington state.
Credit Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Rosalinda Guillen heads Community to Community Development, a group that advocates for farmworker rights. She said she doesn’t know how many of them in Washington state President Obama's deportation change will apply to, but nationally the estimate is about 250,000.

“We are really concerned about the number of farmworkers that will actually qualify under this executive action and then whether there’s going to be real relief so that the agricultural industry has what they’ve been asking for all along, quote unquote, a legal workforce,” Guillen said.

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Undocumented Immigrants
5:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Report: Idaho and Oregon Have Most Unauthorized Immigrants Who Stand To Benefit From Obama Action

Clara and Jorge Romero-Morales from Aloha, Oregon, pictured here with their sons, will likely be relieved from deportation because two of their sons are U.S. citizens.
Credit AP Images

Idaho and Oregon have the highest share of unauthorized immigrants who will benefit from President Obama’s recent executive action. That’s according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

46 percent of Idaho’s and 43 percent of Oregon’s undocumented immigrants are newly eligible for deportation protection. The program Obama announced last month extends protection to people who have been in the country for more than five years and have children born in the U.S. D’Vera Cohn from the Pew Research Center says that describes many of Oregon’s 120,000 unauthorized immigrants.

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Housing
7:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Informal Mortgage Arrangements Leave Undocumented Buyers Vulnerable To Losing It All

Credit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development & National Fair Housing Alliance

Even as the White House moves to announce an executive order overhauling American immigration policy, many people who bought houses while living here illegally will continue to face fallout from unorthodox real estate deals. Historically, undocumented immigrants have had few options for formal financing, leading to informal arrangements with some risky consequences.

After an early morning shift at the warehouse where she packs apples, Maria rests her elbows on the kitchen counter of her tidy home in the Yakima Valley.

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Measure 88
6:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Oregonians Reject Driver Card Measure

A sample Oregon driver card.
Credit Oregon DMV

Tuesday Oregon voters rejected Measure 88, a referendum that would have allowed driver cards for Oregonians who can’t prove they’re in the country legally.

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Athletes Seek Asylum
5:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ethiopian Athletes Likely to Seek Asylum in US

Police reports show at least one of the four Ethiopian athletes who went missing after the World Junior Championships in Eugene last month planned to seek asylum.
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Police reports show at least one of the four Ethiopian athletes who went missing after the World Junior Championships in Eugene last month planned to seek asylum.

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Oregon License
6:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Oregon Driver Card Campaign Kicks Off

Credit Oregon Department of Licensing

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for drivers’ licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign yesterday.
 

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