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How many ICE agents patrol the West? It’s unclear

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made a promise the other day to the people of California, a state that…

ICE targets prominent immigration activist for deportation

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington…

Uncertain future for a local Salvadoran family in Trump’s America

In a small, lime-colored house, on a White Center street lined with modest homes, live three generations of a family whose roots trace back to El…

Rising political star Julián Castro headlines Crosscut Festival

In the fall of 2012, Julián Castro, the young mayor of San Antonio, Texas, stood in front of a packed stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and gave a…

Best of 2017: Stop that plane — The frantic race to halt a deportation

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. When Courtney…

Best of 2017: In a Buddhist temple, mourning high schooler Tommy Le

Forty-nine days after police shot Tommy Le dead, his family said goodbye to the 20-year-old man. As Buddhist monks scurried about preparing for a morning service…

What Vancouver, B.C., can teach us about housing

The Seattle area’s increases in home prices led the nation for the 13th straight month in November, the longest-ever such streak for real estate around…

An undocumented nurse has a message for Donald Trump

Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Esparza says it wasn’t easy to come to the United States. She was bullied because she spoke broken English, and she had to…

38 female mayors elected across Washington this year

For years, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland would work alongside Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, never realizing that, outside of their nonpartisan roles in office, they had…

City’s new homeless funding plan: quality over quantity

More than a year after Seattle declared it would make a radical shift in how it addressed homelessness — drifting away from stopgap measures and…

Christian, bisexual and blocked from ‘dream job’

A former volunteer for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a Christian organization that provides services to the homeless, is suing the nonprofit over discrimination. Matthew Woods,…

What Jenny Durkan and Bertha Knight Landes have in common

Seattle has now elected two women mayors — with a gap of nearly a century between their elections. It’s an interval that has served as…

Take-it-or-leave-it contract spotlights police unions’ power

When former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray stood on the steps of City Hall last summer to celebrate the passing of legislation designed to hold cops accountable, the awkward open…

Got land? Seattle does and assessor says it should house the homeless

King County Assessor John Wilson says there is "entirely" enough underused land in Seattle to shelter 1,000 homeless people a year. "I’ve become more and more…

Handmaids take the resistance to Olympia

On a crisp, sunny fall day, more than fifty women gathered in front of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. Their vivid red stood in…

King County sues to stop appeal of new youth jail

In May, the City of Seattle passed an ordinance to allow opponents of King County’s new Children and Family Justice Center — simply the Youth…

AG Bob Ferguson sues Tacoma’s immigration jail

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the private prison company that runs Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), where hundreds of detainees are held awaiting immigration…

Autopsy shows police shot 20-year-old in the back

Adding dramatic accusations to a summer of questions about local police shootings, the family of a 20-year-old man shot by deputies in Burien made public…