immigration

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
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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.
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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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STEM Workers From Abroad
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Study: More Skilled Foreign Workers Could Mean Higher Wages In Cities

Ross Reynolds talks to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at U.C. Davis, about how foreign-born workers in science and technology might affect the health of economies. Peri argues that the federal government should increase the cap on H-1B worker visas, which would ultimately encourage economic growth and innovation.

StoryCorps
12:04 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker

On a visit to StoryCorps, Storm Reyes told her son, Jeremy Hagquist, about growing up as a farm laborer. Reyes eventually went to night school and worked in a library for more than 30 years.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 10:33 am

In the late 1950s, when she was just 8 years old, Storm Reyes began picking fruit as a full-time farm laborer for less than $1 per hour. Storm and her family moved often, living in Native American migrant worker camps without electricity or running water.

With all that moving around, she wasn't allowed to have books growing up, Storm tells her son, Jeremy Hagquist, on a visit to StoryCorps in Tacoma, Wash.

"Books are heavy, and when you're moving a lot you have to keep things just as minimal as possible," she says.

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Immigrant And Refugee Affairs
9:24 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle Office Wants To Go Beyond ‘Same Old Voices’ To Address Immigrant Needs

Uriel Ruelas, originally from Mexico City, has lived in Seattle for 15 years. He says immigrants should have the same access to city services as everyone else.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

In October 2012, Seattle’s local government expanded in a way typically only seen in bigger cities. Former mayor Mike McGinn created the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, or OIRA, in an effort to give more voice to the area’s booming immigrant population. Nearly 20 percent of Seattle’s residents are born outside of the U.S., according to recent census figures.

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Immigration Enforcement
5:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Detainee Hunger Strike In Tacoma Sparks Federal Bill

File photo of the interior of Northwest Detention Center.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma recently ended after nearly two months, but the ripple effects continue. U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, plans to introduce a bill Thursday that would change how federal agencies operate and audit detention centers.

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Community Activists
2:45 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Marching For Immigration Reform On May Day

May Day march in Seattle.
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David Hyde talks with Juan Jose Bocanegra, chairman of the May First Action Coalition, about the annual May Day march for immigration reform.

Immigrant Students
7:55 am
Mon April 28, 2014

University Of Washington's Secret Society Of Undocumented 'Dreamers'

A student takes notes at the white board during a recent Purple Group meeting.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

There’s no special handshake. No code word. But for one secret group on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, identification papers – or, rather, a lack thereof – are a common denomination.

The UW’s student organization the Purple Group is for students, known as "dreamers," who came to the country illegally, often as young children.

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Immigration Detention
11:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Behind The Hunger Strike At Tacoma’s Immigration Lockup

Veronica Noriega (far right) says she’s struggled to pay bills while her husband’s been in detention. Ramon Mendoza-Pascual and Noriega’s children at their home in Auburn, from left: Veronica, 11, Jose, 13, and Ashley, 5.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A steady protest has hung over an immigration lockup in Tacoma for more than a month.

In March, hundreds of detainees went on hunger strike. Outside the gates, families and supporters have gathered daily, waving signs that read “No More Deportations.”

A large crowd is expected outside the facility again this Saturday, as part of a national campaign. The protest has grown out of frustration about an impasse on immigration reform as detainees fight to avoid deportation and separation from their families.

‘I Wouldn’t Be Another Number’

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