Immigration Reform

As Congress moves forward with immigration reform, we take a look at how this issue connects to culture, business and families in the Northwest.

Our region is home to a unique blend of immigrants who work in all parts of our economy — from high-tech to agriculture. This population already has a deeply-rooted history here. And its ranks are expanding rapidly.

Proposals for comprehensive immigration reform address border security, employment verification, guest-worker programs and pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US.

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Deportation Protest
9:09 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Lockdown Lifted As Hunger Strike Continues At Tacoma Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the lockdown that started Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders was a precaution. 

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Financial Aid
2:19 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

University Student On Real Hope Passage: 'I Feel More Accepted'

University of Washington freshman Diana Betancourt hopes to benefit from the Washington Real Hope Act.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Washington state students who are in the country illegally have reason to celebrate. On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the state’s Real Hope Act, also commonly called the DREAM Act.

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Immigration Reform
8:45 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Protestors Try To Block Deportations From Northwest Detention Center

Protestors chained themselves outside the Northwest Detention Center to protest deportations.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Milton Cornejo locked arms with about a dozen demonstrators Monday morning to block access to the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

They were among about 50 people trying to prevent vehicles from leaving the facility, saying that they didn’t want the vans leaving with people who are about to be deported on board.

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Education & Immigration
8:44 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Legislature Sends 'Real Hope' Act To Governor

Republican State Sen. Barbara Bailey celebrates with students following final passage of the “Real Hope Act.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:11 am

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally.

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Interpreting Race
3:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Understanding Multiracial Asian Americans In Pop Culture

Leilani Nishime's book "Undercover Asian."

Steve Scher talks with University of Washington professor Leilani Nishime about her book, "Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture," and about how media portray the demographic.

Education & Immigration
8:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Senator Pushes Back On College Aid For Undocumented Students

Washington state Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:34 am

A bipartisan plan in the Washington legislature to give undocumented students access to college aid is coming under fire.

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Education & Immigration
8:48 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Underfund Promise Of 'Real Hope' And 'Dreams'

Rachel Irish is a 35-year old pre-nursing student at South Puget Sound Technical College.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 3:24 pm

The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation -- after California, Texas and New Mexico -- to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid.

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Comics
3:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Meet Marvel Comics' New Muslim, Teenage Superhero

Marvel Comic's "Ms. Marvel".

Marcie Sillman talks with G. Willow Wilson, the creator of the new Ms. Marvel series. The comic book stars Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teen superhero.

Civil Rights
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Advocates Push To Slow Deportation While Waiting For Immigration Reform

Pramila Jayapal is an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights.
We Belong Together's Facebook page/Nathan Mitchell

Marcie Sillman talks with Pramila Jayapal, an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights. She and other supporters are pushing to slow deportation while Congress constructs an immigration bill.

Microsoft's New CEO
9:29 am
Wed February 5, 2014

An Immigrant Success Story In Nadella's Rise

Satya Nadella is Microsoft's third chief executive.
Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft is celebrating a new leader: Satya Nadella is the company's third chief executive. Nadella likes cricket, and he quoted Oscar Wilde in his email to employees Tuesday. And for Seattle's Indian community, his appointment to the top job means a lot.

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