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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Education
9:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

'Real Hope' Act Passes Washington Senate

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:51 pm

Undocumented Washington high school graduates may be one step closer to accessing financial aid.

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Immigration Reform
3:38 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

A Washington Dreamer On The State's REAL Hope Act

The REAL Hope Act would allow undocumented immigrant college students to be eligible for need-based financial aid.
Flickr Photo/Dave Herholz

David Hyde hears from Carlos Padilla, a 21-year-old undocumented immigrant and co-founder of the Washington Dream Act Coalition. The Washington state Senate is expected to pass the REAL Hope Act on Friday. The bill would allow undocumented immigrant college students to be eligible for need-based financial aid.

Week in Review
2:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

News From Olympia, State Of The Union, And Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Joe Parks

State lawmakers signal progress on the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama's outlines his goals in his State of the Union address. And the 12th man gets ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

We talk over these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and political reporter Robert Mak.

Education & Immigration
2:09 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington State Senate Passes 'REAL Hope Act'

State Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor.
Courtesy of Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, about the passage of the Senate Republican's version of the DREAM Act called the REAL Hope Act. Bailey is chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Politics
8:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

At GOP Retreat, House Members Regroup On Immigration

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:09 pm

Just days after President Obama called for action on immigration reform, Republican members of the House are regrouping on the issue during their yearly three-day retreat in Cambridge, Md.

As Roll Call explains, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is expected to present members with a one-sheet document on Thursday that lays out principles for rewriting immigration laws.

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Population Shifts
7:28 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Ranks Sixth For New Foreign And Out-Of-State Residents

Nearly one-third of new transplants to Washington are in their 20s.
Flickr Photo/dvs

Roll out the welcome wagon: New census figures show Washington state continues to rank as a top destination for people who move from across the country or from abroad.

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DREAM Act
8:50 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Muslim-American Communities Lobby For Equal Financial Aid

More than 500 Muslim Americans lobbied for the Washington DREAM Act in Olympia
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 10:05 am

Immigrant rights groups are trying to convince Washington state Senators to make undocumented students eligible for financial aid.

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State Government
4:16 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

House Passes Washington DREAM Act, But Will The Senate Take It Up?

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Ross Reynolds talks with Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle) as the Washington State DREAM Act heads to the State Senate. The House already approved the bill, less known as HB1817, on Monday.

Immigration
7:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Why Immigrant Deportations Dropped 30 Percent In Northwest

Thirty-three women staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue on Nov. 7, 2013. The protesters called on their representatives to take action on immigration reform.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

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.

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Clean Rigs
12:12 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Immigrant Investors Could Finance Green Trucks For Green Cards

Paul Jerry Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 7:46 am

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved an unusual way for prospective immigrants to earn a U.S. green card and permanent residency.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Alone And Pregnant In A Foreign Country

Estefania Chirino Perez speaking about her story at the RadioActive Fall 2013 Listening Party.
KUOW Photo/RadioActive Staff

Being a mother isn't easy, and it's even harder when you're both single and an immigrant. But that didn't stop Maria Perez. RadioActive youth producer Estefania Chirino Perez tells the story of her mother's struggle, and what kept her from giving up.

My mother came to the United States with only the thought of getting to know a different language and the American culture. She didn't think that leaving her hometown would give her a whole different reason to live for.

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Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Tough Stories With Happy Endings: Religious Tension, A Pregnant Immigrant, And Youth Homelessness

Ridwan had a secret he was keeping from his friends.
KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

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.

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Immigration Holds
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Certain Hold Requests By Immigration Enforcement May Soon Be Denied In King County

KUOW reporter Liz Jones.

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about the King County Council’s vote to limit immigration hold requests by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

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