immigration

U.S Visas
7:19 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Create 10 Jobs In The U.S Get A Green Card

Immigrant investors seeking U.S. visas financed the construction of this office and retail complex called "Home Plate Center" across from Seattle's Safeco Field.
Credit Tom Banse

What do these things have in common: an Idaho gold mine, a proposed wind farm in central Washington, a new hotel in Portland and the replacement floating bridge across Lake Washington?... They're all investment vehicles for well-to-do families seeking U.S. green cards. Under U-S immigration law, wealthy foreigners can get a green card by investing at least half a million dollars to create at least 10 jobs here. In the Northwest, an increasingly diverse range of projects are competing for such foreign investment.

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Language Census
6:38 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Where Are The Foreign Language Households In Washington State? Not Where You Think

This map shows the distribution of Spanish-speaking households in 2011.
Credit US Census Bureau

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the Northwest has fewer people who speak a foreign language at home than the country as a whole. But the highest concentrations of foreign speaking households in the region are not where you might expect.

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Investing Into Citizenship
5:06 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Foreign Investors Learn 'Bridge To Nowhere' Leads To Visas After All

Viewed from above Medina, Wash., the new SR 520 floating bridge takes shape next to the current bridge.
Credit WSDOT

For a while, it looked like a major highway project across Lake Washington near Seattle could end up as a "bridge to nowhere" for nearly 100 immigrant investors. But now, after a long wait, the federal government has given the green light to process the green card applications of these wealthy businesspeople in exchange for their help financing the new SR-520 floating bridge.

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Immigration Reform
6:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Democrats Push Immigration Reform In Central Washington

Matt Martin/Northwest News Network. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) speaks to supporters of immigration reform in Yakima, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:33 am

Supporters of the immigration overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate are drumming up support for the legislation in the Northwest. On Saturday, one of the Democrats taking the lead on the issue in Congress spoke to a crowded church in Yakima, Washington.

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Immigration Reform
5:58 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Sen. Murray On Immigration: Keep Families Together

Washington State Democratic Senator Patty Murray.
Credit Sen. Patty Murray official photo

Senator Patty Murray laid out her priorities for immigration reform Wednesday on the floor of the U.S Senate. Her comments come as the Senate begins debate on a landmark immigration bill.

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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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Dream Act
7:20 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Dreamers Pin Hopes on Special Session

As lawmakers reconvene in Olympia Monday, the headliner is the state budget. But immigrant advocates are pressing to get the Dream Act added to the lineup, too. Liz Jones has more.

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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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