Immigration

Niyati Desai, originally from Mumbai but living in Seattle on an H4 visa, will be eligible to work in the U.S. under a new plan detailed by Homeland Security this week. (Courtesy photo)

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Thousands of tech worker spouses — many of them with advanced degrees — reluctantly give up careers because their visas don't allow them to work.

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Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.

A police officer beats back migrants trying to enter into Macedonia from Greece. (Photo from REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis)

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European leaders are turning their backs on what may be the defining crisis of our generation.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ad campaign aims at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the United States without documentation.

After spending weeks or even months in detention, asylum seeker often need help making phone calls and arranging transportation, or even just a fresh set of clothes or toiletries. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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AID NW now has a 36-foot trailer parked outside of the Northwest Detention Center every day to help newly released asylum seekers and immigrants get on their feet.

A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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The lawsuit argues that GEO violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by allegedly forcing detainees to work for free or be put in isolation.

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The New Americans Campaign, which promotes naturalization, announced a Seattle partnership with One America and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

Polish immigrants arriving in the U.S. around the turn of the century we're stereotyped as "farm people" and usually went straight to work as agricultural laborers or farmers. (Photo via Wikipedia)

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My friends are shocked to hear I’m considering doing something almost no immigrants do: moving to a rural area.

Naima Abdi, 6, sits in the women's section with parents and siblings of players. The organization also has a smaller program for girls held at the SeaTac Community Center. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Many new immigrant and refugee families say they are being left behind — especially when it comes to education.

An overcrowded detention centre in Sana'a, Yemen holds Ethiopian migrants making their way to Saudi Arabia seeking work opportunities (Photo by Anna Surinyach/MSF)

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Ethiopian migrants have suffered a string of tragedies and abuse recently. But the experience for those coming to the Northwest isn't so easy either.

A still from the 2011 documentary "Bully" part of an international campaign to raise awareness about peer-to-peer. Some Muslim Americans say the movement hasn't done enough to confront bullying of Muslims based on religion.

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A Saturday event at Bellevue College is designed to take a stand against bullying of Muslims.

A relaxing visit to the nail spa can often mean coming into contact with toxic chemicals -- though some Seattle nail salons have found greener alternatives. (Photo from Flickr by Sam Breach)

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Doing nails can be a risky business — but you shouldn’t assume Seattle nail salons are harming immigrant workers.

Rebecca Peacock in Seattle with her daughter Trisha. Both mother and daughter were adopted from India. (Courtesy Photo)

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I was always torn about searching for my birth mother in India. Instead I went there to become a mother myself.

Sahra Farah, Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

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A Somali American pioneer challenges her community

International Students should start thinking about OPT long before graduation. (Photo by UW Admissions / Kathrine Katherine B. Turner)

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A program called Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to work in the U.S. for a year if they’re hired within 90 days of graduating.

Juan Valadez, a young graphic designer who lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, says the idea of moving to the U.S. isn't of interest to him or most of his friends. (Photo by Alysa Hullett)

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For entrepreneurial young Mexicans, dreams of prosperity no longer lie across the border.

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Somali Americans came together with politicians to look for a way to keep remittance money flowing to Somalia in spite of banks' restrictions.

NBC's series "The Slap" tells the story of a group of friends torn apart when one physically disciplines another's child.

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Our beliefs about physical discipline of children are based on our cultural training. So what about families that are bridging two cultures?

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With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.

(Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr)

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Divided from family and missing their culture, returning home is an obvious choice for many Mexican immigrants. But things aren't always so easy once they get there.

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More and more Mexican migrants are giving up lives and jobs in the Northwest to go back across the border.