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A federal court judge in Seattle has ordered a temporary halt to the President Donald Trump’s immigration ban -- nationwide.

The restraining order is part of the lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. U.S. District Judge James Robart issued the ruling Friday afternoon.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday meant to counteract President Trump's recent directives on immigration. The Democrat also announced a possible lawsuit against Trump’s actions.

President Donald Trump signed executive orders to increase immigration enforcement officers, deport individuals living in the country illegally and build a wall along the border with Mexico. All while Northwest farmers say they can’t hire enough people to pick fruit or work in packing houses.

Washington's Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has weighed in on the Trump administration’s executive order that bans immigrants and refugees from entering the U.S..

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Washington state has filed a lawsuit to stop President Trump from carrying out his immigration Executive Order. The Order, signed late Friday afternoon, resulted in chaos at airports as some travelers were denied entry, including at SeaTac. It temporarily bans immigrants from seven countries and suspends the refugee program. 

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Political leaders in Oregon are reacting defiantly to President Donald Trump’s executive order strictly limiting who can enter the United States. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum condemned President Trump’s executive order that freezes immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee seems to have a new part-time job: foil to President Donald Trump. And it’s getting him lots of attention, including mentions on Facebook and in the national media.

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Joining other protests around the country and the Northwest, an estimated one-thousand people gathered at the Eugene Federal Building Sunday to protest President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees. Hundreds of people crowded the street in front of the Federal Building. They held signs and chanted.

Inslee Ready To Resist Trump Administration

Jan 26, 2017

From climate change to people living in the country illegally, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the Trump administration. In a press briefing Thursday, questions swirled around the federal government’s plans on many issues, including immigration.

Most farmers in rural eastern Washington state say they only hire legal workers. But there’s a polite fiction of living and working there. Federal immigration officers raid farms and ranches here. And people get deported.

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Many Americans are wondering how the pending Trump administration will eventually address immigration.

The Corvallis police department has taken questions from locals on how they’ll enforce immigration directives from the Trump administration. City spokesman Patrick Rollens says there’s not going to be any change in policy, as officers follow state -- not federal law -- on immigration.

West Coast Progressives Wary Of Trump Presidency

Nov 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on cutting federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officers.
 
Since the election, mayors up and down the West Coast have said they’ll continue to support immigrants who are in the country illegally. The region could also clash with the incoming administration over climate change and recreational marijuana.

Todd Donnovan is a political science professor at Western Washington University.

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Since Donald Trump’s presidential win, university students around the nation held rallies Wednesday calling on administrators to declare their schools “sanctuary campuses." The University of Oregon says it supports all its students regardless of immigration status.

WSU Young Republicans Build Symbolic Trump Wall

Oct 19, 2016

A dozen or so students at Washington State University gathered in the center of the Pullman campus to show support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Their symbolic wall on Glenn Terrell Mall sported Trump's name in painted gold letters. They were countered by more than 200 protestors. 

Right now, your apples are harvested by humans. But Washington may soon face a shortage of apple pickers: as soon as 2021, according to Washington State University economist Karina Gallardo. The labor pool is shrinking with tougher immigration enforcement and a growing Mexican economy.

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The U.S. Army is having unprecedented success this summer qualifying soldiers to compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil. The Army supports a corps of runners who nearly all come from the cradle of distance running champions in Kenya. Some live and train in Beaverton, Oregon. Correspondent Tom Banse explains why the Army is grooming Olympic athletes, a bunch of whom only recently became U.S. citizens.

Immigrant Advocates Work To Fight ‘Notary Fraud’

Jun 2, 2016
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Becoming a U.S. citizen can be tough. There are mounds of paperwork to fill out and file, which can be confusing if you’re trying to figure it out on your own. 

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Students from Portland high schools and colleges marched Monday to protest a banner hung in Forest Grove, Oregon last week. That banner suggested the United States should “build a wall” along the border with Mexico.

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Demonstrations went underway Friday in Seattle's Central District as part of annual May Day protests for workers and immigrant rights.

Alex Bautista is with the group El Centro de la Raza.

He said Friday's gathering was to raise awareness of immigration policy reform. He worried some ralliers had a different goal.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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.

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.

Oregonians Reject Driver Card Measure

Nov 5, 2014
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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.

Ethiopian Athletes Likely to Seek Asylum in US

Aug 19, 2014
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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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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.
 

JBLM Could Be Shelter for Immigrant Children

Jul 15, 2014
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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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