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The Oregon Senate voted Monday to extend health insurance coverage to children who are in the country illegally. The $36 million plan would enroll those children in the state's Medicaid program.

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The city of Portland has joined Seattle’s lawsuit over the Trump administration’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

It’s late afternoon when two men emerge from the Northwest Detention Center.


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Immigrant rights lawyers in Seattle plan to keep a close watch on how President Trump’s travel ban is rolled out. 

When President Trump signed an executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a 24-year-old mom from suburban Seattle joined several states and immigrants' rights groups in suing to stop it.

Juweiya Ali is fighting to bring her 7-year-old son to the U.S. from Somalia. Ali was born in Somalia but she grew up here, and became a U.S. citizen. In high school, she traveled to Somalia with her mother to reconnect with their culture. That's where she met her future husband, and they had a son.

Oregon law prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally. And it’s got nothing to do with President Donald Trump.

What many refer to as Oregon’s “sanctuary law” dates back 30 years – and, at the time of its implementation, it was not controversial.

The path toward becoming a sanctuary state began at the Hi Ho Restaurant in Independence, Oregon, early on Jan. 9, 1977, when several police officers approached four Chicano men.

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Federal immigration officials say they’re continuing to monitor a hunger strike now in its fourth day at a Tacoma detention center. It is unclear how many of the roughly 1,400 detainees are now refusing food.

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As the Trump Administration approaches 100 days in office, immigration enforcement remains at the forefront. Washington's top lawyer says police departments, schools, and even hospitals are confused about how to interact with Federal immigration officials. That's why Attorney General Bob Ferguson has released a 50-page guide that lays out best practices and policies.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has officially declared today “Cesar Chavez Day."  Immigrant rights and farm worker groups are holding marches through the weekend to honor the famed Latino activist, and to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. 

Members of the Oregon congressional delegation are co-sponsoring a bill that would limit areas where federal immigration enforcement can take place.

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Federal immigration agents arrested 84 people in a Northwest sweep this past weekend. Most were in Washington state and had criminal convictions.

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The City of Seattle has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, to combat an executive order condemning so-called “sanctuary cities.” Mayor Ed Murray and city attorney Pete Holmes held a press conference to discuss the legal action. Murray wants the courts to declare the President’s order unconstitutional, and disrupt what he calls a climate of fear.

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Spanish version (versión en español): ICE Detiene A ‘Dreamer’ De Portland Quien Se Recuperaba De Un Accidente Automovilístico

A 21-year-old Portland man who was hit by a car in January, and is recovering from having both his legs broken, has been detained by federal immigration authorities.

Emmanuel Ayala Frutos is from Mexico and has lived in Portland since the age of six, according to the ACLU of Oregon.

Since 2011, Washington’s prison system has deported 339 convicted felons instead of locking them up. The deportations are part of a voluntary program designed to reduce prison costs.

A Catholic bishop is preaching a message that’s tough for some of his white parishioners to hear: that they have to love their undocumented immigrant neighbors.

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In Washington state, experts say probably more than half of the workers harvesting the apples you eat and the asparagus you grill are undocumented. And farmers and undocumented workers are bracing for deportations President Donald Trump has promised.

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The state will continue to press its legal case against President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today.

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The Tacoma City Council has voted to temporarily ban new or expanded correctional facilities across the city. This includes the privately-owned Northwest Detention Center. The measure is in place for six months, while the council works on permanent regulations. 

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A so-called ‘dreamer’ recently arrested near Seattle will remain in immigration detention. A federal judge says he’ll make a decision early next week about whether to release Daniel Ramirez Medina from a Tacoma lockup.

Ramirez claims his arrest violated his constitutional rights. Because at the time, he had lawful status in the country through the DACA program.

Mark Rosenbaum is one of Ramirez’s attorneys. He says this case is asking the court to clarify the broader rights of all DACA recipients.

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he’s reviewing the new White House travel order. Ferguson says the revised Executive Order came as a result of the state’s challenge over the original policy.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he has “major concerns” about President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration and refugees. But the Democrat says the fact Trump rescinded his previous travel ban Monday represents a “victory.”

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Governors from around the country are here in Washington for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. On today's agenda - a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Trump.

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President Donald Trump’s immigration policies created a sense of urgency at the annual Latino Legislative Day the Washington state Capitol Monday. Several hundred activists converged in Olympia, Washington, with a message for state lawmakers.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee used words like “shocked” and “troubled” after attending events with President Donald Trump and members of his administration in Washington, D.C., in recent days. And the Democrat said he’s “more concerned,” not less concerned, after meeting with Trump Monday.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Thursday in response to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The Democrat said the state will not participate in “mean-spirited policies” on immigration.

The Department of Homeland Security this week released further details on the Trump administration’s immigration policy. It calls on local law enforcement for assistance. But not all Northwest cities are willing to comply.

This week, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security announced an aggressive plan to deport people who are in the United States illegally and who run afoul of the law.

On a visit to Olympia on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray described the policy as “very wrongheaded.”

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The Oregon Governor’s office says the state military is not permitted to arrest or detain people based on their immigration status. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have challenged President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Now, Democrats in the state legislature say they want to extend new protections to immigrants in Washington.

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An immigrant in Seattle protected by the so-called “DACA” or “dreamer” program is currently being held in a Tacoma detention center. It’s believed to be the first immigration arrest of its kind under the Trump administration.

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