immigration

Unaccompanied Minors
1:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Lawsuit: All Kids Facing Deportation Need Attorneys

The federal government continues to struggle with a flood of immigrant children arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico. Today, a class-action suit filed in Seattle seeks additional legal help for these and all other children who face possible deportation.

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Fleeing Gang Violence
7:54 am
Wed July 9, 2014

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:28 pm

It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.

Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.

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Immigration
6:59 am
Tue July 8, 2014

U.N. Urges U.S. To Treat Migrants As Refugees

The U.N. is encouraging the U.S., Mexico and other countries to treat migrant children as refugees, on the grounds that they're fleeing danger. Last week, immigration activists demanded that Mexico protect the rights of minors and families crossing its territory, during a protest outside the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:29 am

People who enter the U.S. and nearby countries illegally from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras should not be forced to return home and should be treated as refugees, a U.N. agency says. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says people from those countries are subject to persecution.

From Geneva, Lisa Schlein reports for our Newscast unit:

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California Standoff
7:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Migrants Buses Turn Back In Face Of Protesters

Homeland Security buses that carried migrants sit at a facility near the border with Mexico Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:26 am

Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Many protesters held U.S. flags, while others held signs reading “stop illegal immigration,” and “illegals out!”

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Congress
3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Wash. Congressman Jim McDermott Talks Supreme Court, Immigration Reform, And More

Marcie Sillman talks with U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions, President Obama's executive action on immigration policy, and a variety of other issues.

Immigration
4:17 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

How Obama's Action On Immigration Reform Could Affect WA

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about how President Obama's executive action on immigration policy could affect Washington state.

Illegal Migrant Children
1:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama To Request $2 Billion To Deal With Border Issue

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Child Migrants: The View From Guatemala

Guatemalan migrant Gladys Chinoy, 14, right, waits with more than 500 other migrants, many traveling with small children, beside the stuck freight train on which they were traveling, outside Reforma de Pineda, Chiapas state, Mexico, June 20, 2014. Reached by phone in New York City, Gladys' mother said she was aware of the dangers but had finally decided they were worth it after five years apart. The mother said, "if she gets across, she can stay here, that's what you hear."(Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:02 am

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson yesterday toured the warehouse in Nogales, Arizona, where some of the 52,000 unaccompanied children who’ve illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the past year are being held.

Republicans blame Obama administration policies for the recent wave of child immigrants. The White House blames gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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Border Crisis
10:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Kids Found On Border Could End Up At Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Credit AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

A flood of immigrant children arriving at the border with Mexico could end up in Washington state at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma.

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Migrants
2:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Political Challenge Compounded As Migrant Children Head To U.S. Border

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:48 am

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Border
8:19 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Ariz. Mayor Worries About New Wave Of Child Migrants

A child on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence looks into Arizona during a special 'Mass on the Border' on April 1, 2014 in Nogales, Arizona. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:58 am

Vice President Joe Biden heads to Guatemala this week to meet with leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador about the wave of unaccompanied children coming across the U.S. Mexico border from those Central American countries.

Border patrol agents are finding children as young as 4, with notes pinned on their clothing with instructions on how to contact relatives in the U.S.

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RadioActive Youth Media
1:27 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

African Americans And Native Speakers Keep Swahili Language Alive

RadioActive Youth Producer Leija Farr
Credit KUOW Photo

RadioActive’s Leija Farr grew up celebrating Kwanzaa, the year-end celebration that started in 1966 as a way for African Americans to connect with their African heritage. The Swahili language is at the heart of the celebration. As Leija discovered, that language connects her with new immigrants from parts of Africa. Like Leija’s community, native speakers are grappling with how to keep the language going. Here’s Leija’s story, in her own words.

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Immigration Reform
2:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Immigration Advocates Rethink Strategy After Cantor Defeat

Chances for immigration reform dimmed even more this week, following the defeat of House Republican leader Eric Cantor. His surprising loss in the Virginia primary to Tea Party candidate David Brat is causing ripple effects here in Washington state, too, as local immigration advocates are rethinking their strategy.

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200 New Laws
7:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning

The Washington state capitol building.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:53 pm

This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington Legislature adjourned.

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Immigration
7:53 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Some Kids Must Restart Immigration Process At Age 21

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:35 am

Digging into the nitty gritty of immigration law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that some immigrant children who turn 21 while their parents' immigration application is still pending have to go to the back of the line and start over.

The Associated Press explains:

"The justices on Monday sided with the Obama administration in ruling that immigration laws do not let children who age out of the system qualify for visas.

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