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Sanity over sancutary in the U.S. Senate

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

To pump or dump Trump

Viewpoints: How will Donald Trump affect the GOP in 2016?

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

What do so many Americans see in Trump?

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

Some visit RV after leaving Tacoma immigration detention

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

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

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

House to take up bill blocking money for ‘sanctuary cities’

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

Texas denies birth certificates to U.S.-born children

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

GOP needs 47% of Latino vote to win in 2016

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 law creates a safe haven for violent offenders

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

No sanctuary for those who backed policy

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

Trump knows what GOP wants to hear

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

For whom is San Francisco a sanctuary?

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

Immigrant in Oregon blames judicial error for old deportation

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

GOP field divided on Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants

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

Weakened party ID puts GOP at disadvantage

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

Homeland Security found in violation of open-records law in ICE case

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

Workers seek back pay from Snohomish blueberry farm

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

Most Americans back legal status for immigrants

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

Celebration’s door open for all Latinos

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

Seattle lawsuit: officials delay immigrants’ work authorization

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

Hillary Clinton follows nation to the left

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

What's behind push to end birthright citizenship?

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

40 years of freedom

War refugees pay it back with public service

Date: 04/29/2015 | Local News

Temporary contract keeps Tacoma immigrant detention center running

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

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as AG

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

Migrant tragedy escalates; death toll may top 1,000

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

Philippine Consulate officials pay first visit to Snohomish County

EVERETT — Come for the passport, stay for the pinakbet.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News

Record number of applicants seek U.S. work visas

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

U.S. judge: Immigration courts must consider non-cash bond

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

Families flock to Oregon seeking respite from Mexican chaos

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

New immigration program seeks to reunite Central American families in U.S.

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

Tech companies gaming work visa system

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

Marco Rubio to announce presidential candidacy

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

Naw-Ruz: A time of renewal

Local Baha'is celebrate the new year

Date: 03/28/2015 | Local News

'You're so blessed here'

Snohomish woman's effort seeks to nourish Ukraine’s war victims

Date: 03/25/2015 | Local News

After war and peace, ministry

New pastor reaches out to fellow Vietnamese refugees

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Agriculture summit splits GOP 2016 field

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

Freedom Caucus shows it’s freely losing

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

Jeb Bush willing to alienate a few conservatives

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

Congress OKs bill to fund U.S. security for a week

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

Jeb Bush woos conservatives at CPAC

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

Boehner leading from behind as shutdown looms

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

GOP folds on U.S. security shutdown

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

GOP feuds over Homeland Security funding

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

Twitter has become our humorless conscience

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

State lawmakers struggle to move forward on REAL ID compliance

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

U.S. seeks stay on deportations

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

Obama mulls immigration ruling

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

Dozens protest deportation at Tacoma detention center

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

Asians less likely to seek deportation protection

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

In challenging Obama, judge defends the Constitution

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

Abolishing the filibuster would aid GOP with immigration, more

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

Activists control House, not Boehner

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

Tighter border’s unintended consequence

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

With a little compromise GOP could go a long way

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

Latin motto sparks immigration debate

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

Date set for immigrants to avoid deportation

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

State granted REAL ID deadline extension

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

Moderates water down GOP abortion bill

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

GOP split on when Obama can usurp

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

State seeking two-tier driver’s licenses, ID cards

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

Rowdy Spokane City Council meeting on immigration initiative

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

Asylum granted

Ukrainian family with disabled daughter can stay in the U.S.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Local News

Republicans take control in House, Senate Tuesday

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

Mitch McConnell ready to do battle

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

Unions push to recruit immigrants

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

Gadfly’s suits more about pressing them than winning them

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

Immigrants build paper trails to stay in U.S.

SAN DIEGO — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Obama might just lose that ‘feckless’ label

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

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

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

Sen. Cruz can’t seem to rally House GOP

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

Congress averts government shutdown

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

For GOP, it’s all over on executive action except for the tantrums

Among the many ways Republican members of Congress are contemplating to punish President Obama for his executive actions on immigration is a proposal of elegant simplicity: They would refuse to invite him to the Capitol to give his State of the Union address. Yes, that...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Look at facts of immigration might surprise

Let's talk immigration. I'll be over the top, I promise.After listening to President Obama's minimalist plan, and to the predictable claims of atramentous tyranny and calls for impeachment and intimations of revolution by the usual Foxolimbeckian screamers, I did me a little...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Hardliners: Shut down government over immigration

WASHINGTON — In a defiant challenge to GOP leaders, immigration hardliners in Congress announced Wednesday they will oppose upcoming legislation to keep the government open. They demanded specific provisions to stop President Barack Obama's executive actions that granted a...

Date: 12/03/2014 | Nation & World

Winners, losers under immigration plan

SAN DIEGO — President Barack Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system in decades, shielding millions from deportation.Among those breathing easier: a Mexican woman in Birmingham, Alabama, who barely missed qualifying for a reprieve...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Nation & World

GOP’s choice? They can poke back or legislate

Here's a paradox worth pondering: Could President Obama's executive actions on immigration actually make it easier to enact comprehensive reform?The invective pouring forth from Republicans this past week would seem to suggest not: "deliberately sabotage any chance of...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Winners, losers under new immigration plan

SAN DIEGO — President Barack Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system in decades, shielding millions from deportation.

Date: 11/22/2014 | Nation & World

Obama launches immigration sales mission

LAS VEGAS — Mounting an offensive behind his immigration directives, President Barack Obama on Friday insisted House Republicans must take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul but said the system is so unfair that it needs the type of fixes that he initiated on his own.

Date: 11/22/2014 | Nation & World

Local response to immigration reform splits predictably

EVERETT — For Juliana Perez, the immigration plan that President Barack Obama announced Thursday could help right a long-standing...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Local News

GOP can’t cut funds for Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON — Republicans may not be able to stop President Barack Obama from making big changes in immigration policy on his own, at least not now.

Date: 11/21/2014 | Nation & World

President reveals his immigration plan

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

Immigration plan could aid 105,000 in state

SEATTLE — The number of immigrants in Washington state who could be affected by President Barack Obama's immigration executive action could be more than 100,000, according to a think-tank's estimates.The president's plan protects parents who are in the country...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Northwest

Text of President Obama's immigration address

Text of President Barack Obama's immigration address Thursday night, as provided by the White House:My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration

WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on “pretty firm legal footing.”

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

Immigration plan presents hurdles for both parties

WASHINGTON — The political consequences of President Obama's new immigration plan will probably depend on whether Americans focus on the merits of the policy or on the president's audacious means of achieving it.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

Obama to announce immigration plans Thursday

WASHINGTON — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP...

Date: 11/19/2014 | Nation & World

Unauthorized immigrants growing in Idaho

SPOKANE, Wash. — Idaho was among seven states where the number of unauthorized immigrants increased between 2009 and 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

Date: 11/18/2014 | Northwest

Immigration ball is in House GOP’s court

President Obama's plan to bypass Congress in shielding millions of immigrants from deportation is not the best way to do immigration reform. But if confrontation is what it takes to get House Republicans off their rear ends and deal with the problem, so be it. They don't...

Date: 11/18/2014 | Opinion Columnists

House GOP forcing Obama to act on immigration

Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn't fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won't. I repeat: That's the only reason. The issue could have been settled a year ago. It could...

Date: 11/18/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

PORTLAND, Ore. — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.

Date: 11/17/2014 | Northwest

Amnesty by Obama would have consequences for Democrats

The words "deportation relief" jumped out at me from Greg Sargent's Washington Post blog posting titled "Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration." Those two words seem so benign compared with "amnesty" — the preferred usage in the GOP...

Date: 11/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Obama to ease immigration rules for millions

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House.

Date: 11/13/2014 | Nation & World

Obama’s decision to wait on immigration cost Democrats in election

By Dana MilbankBack in July, when President Obama was deciding whether to take executive action on immigration before the midterm elections, I got into one of those cable-news debates that offer the president unsolicited advice from the unqualified.

Date: 11/10/2014 | Opinion Columnists

California sets rules for illegal immigrant licenses

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Mexican immigrants in the country illegally will need one form of valid identification from their country to apply for a California driver's license while other immigrants will need at least two, state officials said Friday.

Date: 11/07/2014 | Nation & World

McConnell, Obama see room for compromise

WASHINGTON — One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try to turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock, yet warned of veto showdowns as well.Trade...

Date: 11/06/2014 | Nation & World

Red states could go purple by 2020

WASHINGTON — Some of the country’s most traditionally conservative states are at a greater risk of turning purple than the GOP might realize, based on a new report.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Nation & World

GOP plans to dismantle Obama legacy

WASHINGTON — When Republicans seized control of the House four years ago, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, took over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and compared his plans for President Barack Obama's health care law to strategy in the game of Jenga, in which players remove...

Date: 10/24/2014 | Nation & World

Canada’s immigration policy may be tough, but it’s fair

Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. An American, Niehaus had applied for permanent residency in Canada. But Canada turned him down. The reason? The psychology professor's 4-year-old son, Kurt, had autism. Treating...

Date: 10/23/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Plan would give refugee status to Central American kids

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Date: 09/30/2014 | Nation & World

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