WASHINGTON — Responding swiftly to the terror in Paris, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to erect high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to American shores, dividing the president’s own party as lawmakers reflected the anxiety of voters back home.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World
HOUSTON — The number of families illegally crossing the southern U.S. border has more than doubled over the same period last fall, prompting concern about a new surge of migrants from Central America.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World
One year ahead of the presidential election, a pervasive disquiet has shaped voter attitudes, with a majority of Republicans pessimistic about moral values and the increasing diversity of the nation’s population and Democrats uneasy about an economy they see as tilted toward the rich.
Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday ruled out a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system while President Barack Obama is in office.
Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World
About 6,000 federal inmates whose drug sentences were reduced will begin making their way home Friday from halfway houses and prisons across the country as a result of policy changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — Attorneys for an Everett-based developer accused of defrauding foreign investors said in court Thursday that federal authorities' actions threaten to destroy two major development projects.Lawyers representing the developer and the U.S. Securities and...
Date: 10/23/2015 | Business
Associated PressZAGREB, Croatia — One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — Swaroop Venumbaka was thrilled to receive word from the State Department early last month that after eight years in the United States, he would finally be able to file his final paperwork to become a legal permanent resident on Oct. 1. He spent $2,600 on legal fees and medical exams, took...
Date: 10/01/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A sudden about-face by the State Department has left tens of thousands of highly skilled immigrants unable to apply to become legal permanent residents as they had expected to on Thursday, even though many have already paid expensive legal and medical fees to get their...
Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new study of immigration patterns.
Date: 09/28/2015 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were deported from the U.S. after representing themselves in court may be allowed to return to the country under a settlement approved by a judge Friday.
Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest
NEW YORK — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress. At an evening prayer service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he thanked American nuns for their strength and courage in a deeply...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have...
Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World
Founder Thi Trieu runs her business with a big heart
Date: 09/23/2015 | Business
A new report says the number of babies born to women in the United States illegally is falling.Such births accounted for 8 percent of total U.S. births in 2013, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.The issue has been in the spotlight in recent months,...
Date: 09/12/2015 | Nation & World
As the Donald Trump jamboree has played on — and blown out amps — some progressive thinkers have started to see its upside.
Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World
SAN FRANCISCO — Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson jabbed Tuesday at front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to deport everyone who is in the country illegally, calling the plan impractical.
Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World
Donald Trump is driving the Republican Party into the abyss. Can Nikki Haley pull it back?Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, talks of immigrants as rapists and women as bimbos and appeals to the angry white man. He invokes the "silent majority,"...
Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
BICSKE, Hungary — After misery, delivery. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary's government as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in.
Date: 09/04/2015 | Nation & World
The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa.
Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.Asked on "Meet the...
Date: 09/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
DALLAS — Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master's degree at Texas' Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World
This is what happens when you try to trump The Donald.Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Trump, father of the Central Park ice rink, began skating circles around the...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
I get paid to listen to people (mostly politicians) talk at length while saying as little as possible. They often hide behind mind-numbing words to obscure what they really mean. When I hear a politician promise "transparency," he or she most likely means it as much as...
Date: 08/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
MOBILE, Ala. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday joked, "I know how Billy Graham felt" as he addressed the largest crowd yet of his thriving presidential campaign.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Nation & World
"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement." — Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6Not on anyone's mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of...
Date: 08/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end “birthright citizenship” for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration and...
Date: 08/16/2015 | Nation & World
"I am not remiss to say that from Washington, D.C., to Sacramento, there is a blood trail to Marilyn Pharis' bedroom," Santa Maria, California, Police Chief Ralph Martin charged last week. On July 24, two burglars allegedly broke in to Pharis' home as she slept. They...
Date: 08/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
July 1 was one of those evenings when you feel blessed to be in San Francisco, especially if you are strolling along Pier 14. But every reader knows what happened next: A bullet struck Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm in arm with her father. Neither knew what had happened; the...
Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Viewpoints: How will Donald Trump affect the GOP in 2016?
Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary
Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner.That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the...
Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary
TACOMA — No friends or family were there to meet more than a dozen people released from Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center.But that didn’t mean the former detainees were on their own.Waiting for them was a 36-foot-long motor home that has begun functioning as a welcome mobile.
Date: 07/25/2015 | Northwest
Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — The House will take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called “sanctuary cities” that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World
McALLEN, Texas — Hiram Ramirez didn’t expect problems when she went to get a birth certificate for her newborn daughter, Dulce.
Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — New research out Friday shows that Republicans will need a larger slice of Latino voters than previously thought if they hope to win the White House in 2016, creating an even tougher hurdle for the eventual nominee.Thanks to changing demographics, the...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World
San Francisco is not likely to change its ill-conceived sanctuary-city policy because City Hall must bow to progressives who don't believe in deporting undocumented immigrants with serious criminal records. Activists such as Angela Chan of the Asian Law Caucus believe that...
Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from "sanctuary city" policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco's refusal to hand over to Immigration...
Date: 07/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It has been amusing to watch the brands — the PGA, NBC, Macy's, NASCAR, Univision, Serta — flee Donald Trump after his xenophobic remarks. Who even knew the Donald had a line of mattresses featuring Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam?But there is one entity...
Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Did San Francisco's sanctuary city ordinance contribute to the senseless shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she was out for an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week?This is a national story, because the federal government released accused shooter Francisco Sanchez to a...
Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists
PORTLAND, Ore. — An immigrant who took refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation should be allowed to stay in the U.S. because of a judicial error at a hearing more than a decade ago, his attorney said Monday.
Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — More than two weeks after Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants, he continues to dominate the Republican presidential campaign debate and to divide his rivals for the nomination.
Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World
The Gallup organization reported its latest findings on party identification late last week, and the report contained good news for the Democrats and a flashing yellow for Republicans.
Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A federal judge has ruled that the Department of Homeland Security has violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond to a request for information about the telephone costs for immigrant detainees.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest
SNOHOMISH — Lourdes Margarito and dozens of people who planted blueberries on a farm here last fall say they haven't been paid for their work.A class-action...
Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support...
Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World
May has come and gone, this time without a Cinco de Mayo event that’s been held in Everett for years. That’s because Familias Unidas, a family support center serving the local Latino community, will launch a new...
Date: 06/03/2015 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — A new lawsuit alleges federal immigration officials routinely delay issuing employment authorization documents to eligible immigrants and fail to issue interim documents, thwarting their ability to work legally.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Amid discussion of Hillary Clinton's move to the left in her presidential campaign, a new Gallup poll provides an important piece of context: The nation has shifted left, as well.In recent weeks, Clinton has called for reforming the nation's criminal...
Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World
The Civil War era's 14th Amendment, granting automatic citizenship to any child born on American soil, is a proud achievement of the Party of Lincoln.But now House Republicans are talking about abolishing birthright citizenship. A House Judiciary subcommittee took up the...
Date: 05/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
TACOMA — The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma will remain operating after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the GEO Group Inc. signed a temporary contact.
Date: 04/27/2015 | Northwest
The Washington PostWASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch's long wait to become U.S. attorney general ended Thursday, with the Senate voting to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor five months after President Barack Obama submitted her nomination to Congress.The...
Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World
MILAN — Rescue crews searched Monday for survivors and bodies from what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant tragedy ever as hundreds more migrants took to the sea undeterred and European Union leaders said they would hold an emergency summit Thursday to address the crisis.
Date: 04/20/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Come for the passport, stay for the pinakbet.
Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Companies are seeking more foreign workers than ever before to fill highly skilled jobs in technology and other industries, but the United States will grant visas to just a fraction of them in a lottery that began this week.Anxious to bump up those...
Date: 04/16/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle says immigration judges in western Washington must consider whether to release detained immigrants without requiring cash bonds.
Date: 04/13/2015 | Northwest
MEDFORD, Ore. — Family members fleeing violence in southwestern Mexico have taken refuge with relatives living in Southern Oregon, and schools are trying to accommodate an influx of Spanish-speaking students.
Date: 04/07/2015 | Northwest
Josh HicksThe Washington PostWASHINGTON — The Obama administration in recent months has rolled out a new but little-known program that allows Central American immigrants who reside legally in the United States to bring family members to the country.
Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World
The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the...
Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Sen, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., plans to announce his candidacy for president on April 13 in Miami, two Republican sources said Saturday.That could make Rubio the third Republican senator to enter his party's presidential nomination contest. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas last week became...
Date: 03/28/2015 | Nation & World
Snohomish woman's effort seeks to nourish Ukraine’s war victims
Date: 03/25/2015 | Local News
New pastor reaches out to fellow Vietnamese refugees
Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News
DES MOINES, Iowa — A day-long forum on agriculture here, where likely Republican presidential candidates courted Iowa's farming industry, revealed sharp policy differences among the contenders, from immigration to energy subsidies.The nine White House aspirants used...
Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World
I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing. This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series "Homeland Security Face-Off." Subtitle:...
Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It happened just as Jeb Bush was about to explain why he thinks conservatives need to stop being perceived as "anti-everything": Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference let it be known that, as part of their anti-everythingness, they are also anti-Bush.
Date: 03/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President...
Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World
OXON HILL, Md. — Jeb Bush didn't back down Friday as he faced skeptical conservatives, staunchly defending his stands on immigration and education policy while pointing to his record as a tax-slashing governor as proof of his conservative bona fides.The former Florida...
Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World
John Boehner looked as if he were a spectator at his own hanging — and in a sense he is.He can defy conservatives by abandoning their fight to undo President Obama's immigration actions and perhaps lose his speakership in the process. Or he can stand with the...
Date: 02/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal.
Date: 02/26/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have been plagued in recent years by a fractious and politically harmful family feud. Wednesday provided fresh evidence that the party's sweeping November midterm wins have done little to alter that dynamic.House and Senate...
Date: 02/26/2015 | Nation & World
Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.Penn, just before announcing...
Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
OLYMPIA — As a key legislative deadline approaches, efforts to bring Washington state into compliance with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for driver’s licenses and other government-sanctioned ID don’t appear to have enough support in each...
Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest
HOUSTON — The U.S. government asked a federal judge Monday to lift his temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s action to shield millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.
Date: 02/23/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has not decided how to respond to a court ruling last week that ordered the government to stop detaining nearly 1,000 immigrant families as part of a policy meant to discourage other Central American families from illegally entering the United States.
Date: 02/23/2015 | Nation & World
TACOMA — Dozens of demonstrators protested the deportation of a hunger strike leader Monday morning at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.Supporters of Cipriano Rios said he was being returned to Mexico after being refused asylum. He has been held for a year-and-a-half.
Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES — In the more than two years since President Barack Obama launched his original deferred action program, offering temporary work permits and protection from deportation to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Latinos have signed up in large numbers.
Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World
When Republicans challenged Obamacare in the courts, they sought to overcome the hurdle of persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a program passed by Congress and enacted by a president. The legal challenge by Texas and 25 other states to the Obama administration's executive...
Date: 02/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists
I've been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It's time to go nuclear.In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will...
Date: 02/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can't help but think of the old proverb: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on." The caravan, in this case, consists of...
Date: 02/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists
With the opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed cure-all for America's broken immigration system. Left unaddressed, though, is a simple question: How does border security address the status of millions of...
Date: 02/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Bang. Bang. Crash. That was the sound of the Republican majority in Congress shooting itself in both feet, then tripping over them.At a moment of heightened concern that terrorists in the Middle East might stage or inspire attacks on U.S. soil, the GOP-controlled House and...
Date: 02/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont student's proposal for a state motto in Latin drew a burst of Internet fire from people who apparently confused the Romans' language with Latin America, but the teenager is taking it in stride.Sen. Joe Benning, a Caledonia County Republican,...
Date: 02/06/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Applications will be accepted starting Feb. 18 for temporary deportation relief for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children as part of protections under President Barack Obama's new immigration plan.Expanding the Deferred Action for...
Date: 02/01/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — The federal government on Friday granted Washington state a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards that require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings...
Date: 01/23/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — An emboldened group of moderate House Republicans put their leaders on notice this week that they intend to steer a more pragmatic course on social issues — including abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration — as the party tries to position itself for the 2016 presidential...
Date: 01/23/2015 | Nation & World
For six years, Republicans railed about President Obama's "usurpation" of power. So it's no small irony that, in one of their first acts since taking control of Congress, they are planning to invite him to usurp some more.On Tuesday morning, a group of tea party...
Date: 01/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists
OLYMPIA — Washington state officials are seeking to redesign the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to comply with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for government-sanctioned identification.
Date: 01/09/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — Angry outbursts from a crowd of more than 100 people interrupted the Monday night meeting of the Spokane City Council as it considered an immigration initiative.
Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest
Ukrainian family with disabled daughter can stay in the U.S.
Date: 01/05/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern...
Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Cuba. Coal. Immigration. The Keystone XL pipeline.And that’s just for openers. Republican Mitch McConnell becomes the Senate’s majority leader in two weeks, a role he’s been eager to fill for years. He’s also eager to challenge President Barack Obama.
Date: 12/25/2014 | Nation & World
CHICAGO — Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally.Labor leaders say the president's...
Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire
Larry Klayman is losing again. The conservative gadfly, who has been suing presidents for years with little success, was back in court Monday morning, this time representing Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff famous for his immigration crackdowns, who wants President Obama's immigration...
Date: 12/24/2014 | Opinion Columnists
SAN DIEGO — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.
Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World
The nadir for President Obama's foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him "weak" and "indecisive" after Russia's invasion of Crimea. A deflated Obama responded meekly that sometimes the best a president can do is to hit...
Date: 12/21/2014 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature late Saturday night after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.
Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World
A new show has opened on Capitol Hill, and, with any luck, it will have a long run.It's called "The Taming of the Cruz."Grenade-launching Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas took a familiar position of obstruction last week: He called on conservatives to fight any...
Date: 12/12/2014 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed...
Date: 12/11/2014 | Nation & World