immigration reform

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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Detainee Protests
5:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Hunger Strikers At Northwest Detention Center Moved To Isolation

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

Several immigrants being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have been moved to isolation after a recent hunger strike at the facility.

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Federal Ruling
9:18 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Immigrant Detainees Win Right To Bond Hearings

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

As a hunger strike continues at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, a new federal court ruling coincidentally meets one of the protesters' demands.

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Deportation Protest
3:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Hunger Strike Against Deportations Reaches Day 4

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about a hunger strike that detainees are holding at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center.

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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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
8:38 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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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.

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
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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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.

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 Enforcement
11:31 am
Wed July 24, 2013

King County Pushes Back On Federal Immigration Hold Policy

A proposal in King County aims to rein in how much access federal immigration authorities have at the county jail. A council committee held its first public meeting on the measure Tuesday.

Several counties in other states have already adopted similar policies, with mixed public reaction.

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Arts and Entertainment
8:08 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Rep. Adam Smith, Intiman Theatre, Sub Pop Turns 25

Rep. Adam Smith
WA-09 Congressman Adam Smith joins us to talk about the battle over immigration in the House of Representatives, American aid to Egypt and new calls to close Guantanamo Bay.

Art Of Our City: Seattle’s Intiman Theatre
This month Seattle’s Intiman Theatre launches its second year as a leaner and meaner summer festival.  Intiman needs to entice audiences and funders to its four-play festival. Artistic Director Andrew Russell hopes more comedy and more sharp political commentary will help bring them in the door.  The theater company’s future depends on it.

Sub Pop Turns 25
Once upon a time, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records was a brassy upstart label. This weekend the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. How has the company that put Seattle on the music world’s map changed over a quarter of a century? We’ll ask co-founder Jonathan Poneman.

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