Immigration

Immigrant Detention
5:32 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Wash. Immigration Lockups Among Worst For Long Holds

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma
Credit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website

If you end up in an immigration detention center here in Washington state, you could face a long stay. And ironically, if you’re a legal resident the lockup will likely be even longer. Newly released federal statistics show Washington ranks toward the bottom of the list for quick turnover in detention.

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Oregon Driver Licenses
4:37 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Thousands Celebrate Legislative Victories At Salem May Day Rally

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 4:15 pm

Immigrants rights groups and labor unions held May Day rallies across the northwest Wednesday. It was a joyous occasion at the Oregon capitol, where thousands of people were on hand to celebrate a pair of legislative victories.

At first blush, this rally seemed a lot like the May Day rallies of past years. People chanting: "Si se puede, si se puede"

But instead of "yes we can" perhaps the marchers should have said "yes we did."

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Driver Licenses
5:23 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Approve Driving Privileges For People Without Legal Presence

Oregon DMV

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:54 pm

People in the country illegally could get a driver license under a bill approved Tuesday by the Oregon House. The vote sends the measure to Governor John Kitzhaber. He plans to sign it during a May Day rally in Salem Wednesday.

Under current Oregon law, you can't get a driver license if you can't prove you're in the country legally. This bill creates licenses that would be good for four years -- not eight years like normal ones.

You also couldn't use one as ID to board a plane or buy a gun.

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Immigrant Drivers' Licenses
6:48 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Oregon Advocates Push Four-Year Licenses For People In The Country Illegally

Oregon DMV

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon, like most states, doesn’t allow you to get a driver license if you’re in the country illegally. That may change. As Congress debates immigration reform, Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would grant four-year driving privileges to people who otherwise wouldn't qualify for a license. The measure is up for a committee vote Thursday.

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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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Washington Dream Act
6:38 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Dream Act Unlikely to Clear Senate

Supporters of the so-called Washington Dream Act plan to make one more uphill push in Olympia Tuesday. The measure would extend state financial aid to eligible college students who are in the US illegally. Hopes for the bill dwindled this weekend as a key state senator spoke out against the measure. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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In-State Tuition Bill
4:12 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Oregon Senate Approves Bill To Offer Children Of Immigrants In-State Tuition

A group cheers the Oregon Senate's approval of a bill that would grant in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants.
Credit Virginia Alvino / Northwest News Network

After ten years of effort, immigrant rights advocates are celebrating the final vote to give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented students. The Oregon Senate approved the bill Thursday and Gov. John Kitzhaber says he plans to sign it.

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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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Culture Shift
7:01 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Culture Shift: Permission to Stay

This week, we're taking a closer look at how immigration policies shape our Northwest region, culture and people. Momentum continues to build in Congress toward an immigration reform bill this year. The centerpiece will likely focus on the millions of immigrants in the US illegally…and whether to give them a path to citizenship. It’s a proposal that echoes back to the 1980s.


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Immigrant Stories
6:22 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Border Crossing Stories Play Big Role In Immigrant Family Histories

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:25 pm

MABTON, Wash. - Most American families have some kind of immigration lore -- think Ellis Island, the Oregon Trail and slave ships. At dinner tables across the Northwest, some Mexican-American families tell their own vivid tales. They regale each other with stories of relatives swimming to better opportunities across the Rio Grande or crossing the desert at night.

Yes, these crossings are illegal, but they also are part of a family’s history. If the U.S. Congress adopts comprehensive immigration reform this year, these types of border stories could begin to fade.

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