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 & 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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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.

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