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July 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

50 children from Mexican border taken to Oregon

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officials say 50 immigrant children are being relocated from the Mexican border to Oregon, and Gov. John Kitzhaber says they are welcome. Kitzhaber says the state will continue to welcome children fleeing hardship and violence while waiting for Congress to change immigration policies. He says the children don’t “deserve to…

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July 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Backpacker jailed in Tacoma for missing travel visa deadline

The Associated Press TACOMA, Wash. — A man from Uruguay who spent six months backpacking around the United States is jailed for over-extending his visit by 30 minutes. Diego Simonassi was trying to enter Canada on his last day on June 14 when he was turned back at the Peace Arch crossing because he didn’t have a…

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April 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

ACLU sues ICE for placing hunger strikers in solitary confinement

The ACLU of Washington and Columbia Legal Services are seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement officials from retaliating against detainees who participated in a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma last month by putting them in solitary confinement. A hearing on the motion for a temporary restraining order is…

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Comments | More in General news, Homepage | Topics: hunger strike, immigration, Northwest Detention Center

March 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith seeks answers in Tacoma detainees’ hunger strike

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith said he’s pushing for answers from officials at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma over concerns raised by detainees who have been on a hunger strike there for a week. The strike — over food options, pay and other conditions at the facility — has drawn broad attention from immigrant-rights and social-justice…

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February 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Dozens demonstrate at Tacoma detention center

The Associated Press TACOMA — Nearly four-dozen people demonstrated outside the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma to protest deportations, and about five locked themselves together to block an entrance. The demonstration started about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool says it broke up about 9:30 a.m. when the people blocking the street were asked to…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Federal Detention Center, immigration, protest

January 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Skagit County man suing over alleged immigrant abuse

ANACORTES (AP) — A Skagit County man who is a Mexican national is suing the federal government over the way he was treated after a traffic stop in Anacortes. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Gustavo Vargas Ramirez spent two months in detention under threat of deportation for failing to signal before a left turn. He is…

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| More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Anacortes, Border Patrol, detention

November 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Redmond high schooler confronts Speaker Boehner on immigration

A 16-year-old immigration activist and Redmond high School student was one of two girls who confronted House Speaker John Boehner over the issue of immigration reform as he tried to get breakfast on Capitol Hill this morning. Jennifer Martinez, who is a U.S. citizen, is active in the OneAmerica Youth Program, which engages high-school students…

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November 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Bellevue police make arrests as immigration protesters fill state GOP offices

Nearly 40 women were arrested after they stormed the Bellevue headquarters of the state GOP and refused to leave, as they called on the state’s Republican delegation in Congress to support changes to immigration law. Among them were Peggy Lynch, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association. The women were…

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October 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Immigration rally planned Friday for downtown Seattle

Janitors who work inside the Bank of America building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle are expected to join dozens of other immigrants and advocates Friday in a rally outside the bank building. They are hoping to pressure Bank of America and other large corporations, which they say are major contributors to key Republicans in Congress,…

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