immigration

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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Immigration
5:08 pm
Fri November 21, 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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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.
Credit TexasEagle / Flickr

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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Immigration
5:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

JBLM Could Be Shelter for Immigrant Children

Hundreds of immigrant children held at the southern border could be moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Credit mcchord air museum

Hundreds of immigrant children held at the southern border could be moved to a military base near Tacoma. Federal and local officials plan to discuss the option tomorrow.

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Immigration
5:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

JBLM Eyed As Possible Shelter for Immigrant Kids

Joint Base Lewis McChord is being considered as a temporary shelter for immigrant children.
Credit mcchord air museum

A flood of immigrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border could spill over into Washington state. For some of these undocumented kids, their journey north could lead to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma.

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Immigration Detentions
7:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Oregon Counties Say No To ICE

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent arresting a suspect.
Credit Public domain

Five Oregon counties now say they will no longer hold people in jail in response to requests from the federal immigration agency. That’s after a federal district court judge found those detentions violate the constitution.

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Hunger Strike Day 5
6:16 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Hunger Strike Continues at NW Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington is currently experiencing a five-day long hunger strike with more than 100 people refusing to eat.
Credit Seattle Globalist

More than a hundred detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma are entering their fifth day without food. The hunger strike began Friday, with about 750 people refusing to eat. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up medical observations of the protesters.

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