Deportations of unauthorized immigrants in Washington and Oregon dropped 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Yet, people on both sides of the immigration debate find the numbers troubling.
We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to email@example.com. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
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Local couple Otts Bolisay and Ken Thompson join a demonstration on June 26, 2013, the day DOMA was struck down in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Heather Villanueva took this photo at an immigrants rights rally on May 1, 2013. She participated in these rallies as the 'Community Strength Organizer' for SEIU Healthcare 775NW
Stories from the newest RadioActive youth producers delve into the personal struggles of a boy scared to reveal his religion to his friends, a single immigrant mother, and a girl who is getting back on track academically after having her life derailed by homelessness.
In a split 5-4 vote, the King County Council narrowly approved a measure Monday that’s at odds with federal immigration authorities. The legislation targets so-called immigration holds on people booked into county jail.
Gun-toting militiamen man the steel gate that leads into the Tripoli zoo. A sign promises a garden of animals. Inside, there are paths that meander through a maze of cages and animal habitats. Monkeys climb trees; hippos submerge themselves in water and lions lounge in the heat.
Just a few hundred yards away, there's a different kind of cage: Inside there are people — migrants waiting to be deported or to prove they are in Libya legally.
Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:11 am
Immigration activists in the Northwest are pushing for Congress to get beyond the government shutdown fight and return to the issue of undocumented workers. Immigrant rights groups rallied in Yakima, Wash., on Saturday as part of a national protest.
Flags were waving as caravans of people pulled into Yakima to rally in front of the office of Republican Rep. Doc Hastings.
While much of the nation’s attention has been on the government shutdown, yesterday House Democrats introduced an immigration bill. At the start of the year a bipartisan gang of eight senators unveiled an immigration overhaul. Washington state’s first district Congress member Suzan DelBene is a co-sponsor of the comprehensive immigration legislation. She spoke with Ross Reynolds about the bill.