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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Immigration Enforcement
12:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

King County Council Passes Bill To Deny Some Immigration Hold Requests

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.

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Young Conservatives of Texas
7:18 am
Tue November 19, 2013

University Of Texas Students Cancel 'Catch An Illegal Immigrant Game'

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus near the school's iconic tower in Austin, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 7:41 am

Update at 10 a.m. ET. Game Has Been Cancelled:

Our friends at NPR member station KUT report the Young Conservatives of Texas has called off a game of "catch an illegal immigrant," which had sparked condemnation from the University of Texas at Austin community at large.

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Migrants
12:07 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Tripoli Zoo Sees Different Kind Of Cage — One With Migrants

Illegal immigrants captured in the Libyan coastal city of Surman are held at a temporary prison in an eastern district of Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 19.
Hamza Turkia Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:34 am

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.

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1:25 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Rural Schools Build Safety Net For Immigrant Children

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Rural schools struggle to meet needs of diverse immigrant communities.
Protest
4:17 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

33 Women Arrested During Immigration Rally – Including Mayor McGinn's Wife

Peggy Lynch, in the blue scarf, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, was arrested on Thursday for being part of a sit-in at the state's Republican Party headquarters.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

With an immigration reform bill stalled in the US House of Representatives, 33 women in the Seattle area staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue.

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Immigration Reform
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Immigration Reform Resurfaces And Splits The Republican Party

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman interviews Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC about the immigration reform legislation that a conservative lobbying coalition is hoping to bring to the House floor.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:18 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Young And Undocumented In America

For some time now, University of Washington, Bothell, sophomore Alejandra has been giving back to the undocumented immigrant community by helping students get through the college scholarship process.

There are about 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today. Nearly three million are 24 or younger like Alejandra.

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Immigrant Rights
10:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Central Washington Pastors Rally for Immigration Reform

Matt Martin Northwest News Network

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.

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Immigration Overhaul
9:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Introducing An Immigration Bill During Federal Shutdown Wrangling

Suzan DelBene.

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.

Border Lawsuit Settled
9:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Border Patrol To Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops

US Border Patrol Agent Chris Dyer drives his truck through a forested area near Forks, Wash., in March 2011.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Civil rights attorneys in Seattle will get reports of all US Border Patrol traffic stops on the Olympic Peninsula for the next 18 months.

That’s one of the settlement terms announced Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleged agents racially profiled people they pulled over.

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Politics & Immigration
12:09 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

New Poll Finds Contradictory Attitudes About Latinos In Washington State

Matt Barreto, director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington.
Courtesy/UW

According to a new statewide poll, most Washingtonians support growing diversity and immigration. But many Washington residents hold negative stereotypes of Latinos and immigrants. What explains this contradiction?

Matt Barreto is co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Politics & Government
12:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Debate Over Syria Crowds Out Other Business In D.C.

Flickr Photo/Jonathon Colman

Congress is back in session this week, and Syria is at the top of the agenda. That means other business like immigration reform and the debt ceiling moves to the back burner. Why can’t Congress do two things at once? Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds talk with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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11:08 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Australia: Why Boat People Risk It All

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Every month, thousands of migrants undertake a perilous journey across the Indian Ocean to try to reach Australia's shores. Many are fleeing troubles in countries like Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka. The issue of asylum seekers has been prominent in the Australian general election campaign, with both main parties pledging tough policies to stop the influx.
Every month, thousands of migrants undertake a perilous journey across the Indian Ocean to try to reach Australia's shores. Many are fleeing troubles in countries like Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka. They pay huge sums to people smugglers, who operate often unsafe boats out of Indonesia.

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