Immigration

Immigration

After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

The Smartypants Guide to December’s Civic Cocktail: Immigration, government technology

What does immigration reform mean for people in Seattle who lack legal documents or whose family members can't enter or stay in the country legally?…

The power of one little story among 11.7 million undocumented immigrants

A few weeks ago, the Western Washington Society of Professional Journalists chapter (of which I am a board member) hosted its annual awards gala to…

$15 per hour: How’s that going to work for you, Seattle?

Maybe our society needs a refresher course on just what supply and demand means in order to fully understand what has created both the May…

What 1 lucky Seattle immigrant’s case can teach politicians

When I think of the need for immigration reform in America, one man in particular comes to mind: Jose. In 2008, a friend who works…

Hispanic children face big challenges in Washington

Washington's Latino kids lag behind the rest of the nation's Hispanic children when facing societal odds stacked against them, a new report concluded. Overall, children…

State Legislature approves DREAM Act for immigrants’ children

The DREAM Act. The Real Hope Act. By any name, it's a winner with the state Legislature. The Washington House passed a Senate version of…

Largely bipartisan vote in Senate supports help for immigrants’ children

The DREAM Act sailed through the Washington Senate on Friday with a 35-10 vote in favor of letting the children of undocumented immigrants apply for…

Legislature finally finds a measure to agree on

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus made the first major move to compromise in the state Legislature's 2014 session. That caused 19-year-old Dulce Siguenza to break…

A lesson in Thanksgiving of a different kind

A few friends and I recently went down to the Emergency Family Shelter in Belltown to serve homeless families for the evening. The EFS is…

Labor trafficking? Immigration reform’s the thing

Last week, the FBI rescued 105 sexually exploited children — some as young as thirteen — and arrested 150 alleged perpetrators of human trafficking crimes…

The citizenship whisperer

It’s 10 a.m. on a holiday Monday. The East African Community Center is quiet. Nobody is supposed to be there. But volunteer Peter Schnurman is,…

For U.S. Border Control, call 911

During a young girl’s birthday party in Washington state, her mother called 911 and — in English — asked for an ambulance after another child…

To SIFF and beyond! Kickstarter’s changing the local film game

When Seattle journalists Sarah Stuteville and her husband Alex Stonehill met Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, he hugged them. "You guys smell like Seattle," he said. "It…

In the Senate, Dream Act remains the stuff of dreams

All Washingtonians might be created equally, but they are not treated equally. Many immigrant students were brought here as children by parents who entered the…

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Did he do it for the thrill of it all?

For a lot of people, the alleged role of the Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombings only half makes sense. That half is the…

Ed Murray maneuvers to force reproductive parity, DREAM votes

Update 5:35 p.m.: Democratic senators say the Majority Coalition Caucus blocked the effort to bring about votes on the DREAM Act and Reproductive Parity Act.…

Sen. Tom gets into blame game over a failed bill

Majority Coalition Caucus Leader Rodney Tom says it is the Democrats’ fault that the DREAM Act for children of immigrants did not make it out…

The Eastside express lane to the American Dream

The world has converged on the Eastside in the past 20 years, and as usual, preening Seattle hipsters are the last to know. Many (and…