Immigration

Detention Center Budget
6:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Budget Impasse Leads To Some Releases At Tacoma Immigration Lockup

Sequestration has apparently led to a “get out of jail free” card for some detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma. With budget cuts looming, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it’s shifting some detainees around the country to supervised release. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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Undocumented Students
4:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Not Many Undocumented Students Expected To Use In-State Tuition

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:52 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon House has approved a controversial bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition rates. Supporters called Friday’s vote historic. But not very many students are expected to actually take advantage of the measure.

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Tuition Equity
4:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Supporters Of 'Tuition Equity' Pack Hearing Rooms In Salem

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:01 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Supporters of a bill to allow some undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition rates packed several hearing rooms at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday. They refer to the legislation as “tuition equity.” A House committee held a public hearing on the issue.

Among those to testify was Karla Castaneda, a junior at Parkrose High School in Portland.

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In-State Tuition For Immigrants
4:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Support For In-State Tuition For Young Immigrants Gains Momentum

Children of undocumented immigrants could soon pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities.
Credit Flickr

Momentum is building in Salem for a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. Gov. John Kitzhaber threw his weight behind the idea Monday.

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U.S. Citizenship
5:01 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Northwest Immigrants Take The Oath Of Citizenship

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:53 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - As Congress prepares for a debate over immigration reform, one group of immigrants in the Northwest quietly completed their paths to citizenship Tuesday. Fourteen people became U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Spokane, Wash.

One of them was Mukti Ryan. She wanted to be able to travel more easily with her American husband and daughter, even though she had to give up her Indian citizenship.

“India doesn't allow dual citizenship, so I can't call myself an Indian citizen anymore," Ryan says. "It's a bittersweet feeling.”

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Guest Workers
4:30 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Northwest Farmers Plan To Bring More Mexican Guest Workers North

Washington Apple Commission

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:29 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A group of Northwest farmers plans to bring in thousands of legal Mexican guest workers to their fields and orchards this year. Last season many farmers were scrambling to pick their crops because of a worker shortage.

The federal H-2A guest worker program is so cumbersome and expensive, that most farmers haven’t wanted to use it. Employers have to pay for transportation, approved housing and usually more money than the going wage for workers already in the U.S.

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Immigration Reform
4:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Wash. Growers Encouraged By Senate Immigration Plan

Last year, the Washington Farm Labor Association brought more than 4,000 seasonal workers here to fill a labor shortage.
Credit SweeTango / Wikimedia Commons

Farmers in Washington State are celebrating this week’s news about progress on federal immigration reform. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators unveiled a proposed framework for legislation on Monday.
It specifically addresses the country’s reliance on undocumented farm worker and the need to legalize this workforce.

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Oregon Driver Licenses
6:33 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Oregon DMV Grants Driver Licenses To Some Young Immigrants

Oregon under-21 driver license sample
Credit Oregon DMV

Oregon transportation officials reversed course Wednesday and announced that children of undocumented immigrants can get state driver licenses. The decision applies to people who qualify for President Obama’s deferred deportation policy.

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Immigration Forum
4:47 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum

Many Northwest farmers have been facing a serious worker shortage.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Northwest agriculture advocates are more optimistic Congress will take up the issue of immigration after a forum this week in Washington, D.C. The effort is getting support from a surprising mix of organizations.

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Opium Paraphernalia
6:06 am
Wed September 26, 2012

University Of Idaho Gets Big Collection Of Opium-Smoking Paraphernalia

Donor Steven Martin and UI curator Priscilla Wegars hold antique opium pipes.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The "world's most comprehensive collection" of opium smoking paraphernalia has a new home; it's at the University of Idaho. A writer and collector, originally from San Diego, donated the exquisite antiques. Correspondent Tom Banse has the intriguing back story of how these so-called "instruments of self-destruction" came to a small Northwest town.

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