Immigration

The boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

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By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.

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Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2012. (Photo courtesy Apo Anak Productions)

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Our undocumented neighbors, co-workers and friends are taking a brave step out of the shadows to change the way we think about immigration.

Children at immigration reform protesters in front of the White House in July. (Photo from Center for Human Rights)

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While the numbers of unsupervised youth crossing the border from Mexico and Central America has begun to wane in recent weeks, the challenges faced by those awaiting their fates in holding facilities along the border are still very real.

Mayor Murray announced OIRA initiatives yesterday morning at City Hall, with new OIRA director Cuc Vu, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim (far right) and members of the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission looking on.

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Yesterday morning, Mayor Ed Murray announced $680,000 of new proposed investments to support Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities, which now make up every one in five city residents.

Harold Jones, a paralegal specialist and diversity officer at Navy Medicine Support Command, reads to first-grade students as part of a community volunteer program. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bruce Cummins)

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For the first time this year, the majority of kids enrolled in American public schools will be minorities. Some local school districts are ready.

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Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.

Seattle's new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Cuc Vu (center) flanked by Mayor Ed Murray and outgoing Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta. (Photo by Kamna Shastri)

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Tuesday morning, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray introduced Cuc Vu as the new acting director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). Vu will be taking the place of Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta.

Nestora Salgado addresses the community police force she lead in Olinalá, Mexico, prior to her arrest last year. (Still from Youtube)

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  After almost a year in a Mexican prison, a wave of political pressure is gathering for the release of Renton resident Nestora Salgado. "We must shame...

Nearly 10,000 showed up the May Day march with signs and flags, calling for a higher minimum wage and an end to discrimination against immigrants. (Photo by Seth Halleran)

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Answer: Immigrants, women, minorities.

Director Peres Owino (left) on set of her documentary "Bound: Africans versus African Americans" premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend. (Photo by Nyar Nam Productions)

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Two little boys dig in the sand on an empty beach, the blue ocean behind them reflecting a dazzling sun. An off-screen narrator describes...

In line at a citizenship swearing in ceremony in Tacoma. Immigrants and new citizens are disproportionately targeted by criminals and scammers, advocates say. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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People in the Seattle area’s international community are frequently the targets of crime — everything from break-ins to fraud to human trafficking.

A Salsa night at Waid's back in 2008. (Photo via

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What’s really going down at the beloved immigrant nightspot the SPD wants to shut down?

Dede Adhanom's son King holding family photo in a still from "Unified Struggle." (Courtesy of Guerrilla Films)

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Giday “Dede” Adhanom is a mother of three living in Seattle, who has devoted most of her life to activism. She’s worked on issues...

The author with a baby elephant on a recent trip to India. (Photo courtesy Sudha Nandagopal)

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As a kid growing up in Spokane, I was the one in my family who claimed the mantle of environmentalist. I was the animal enthusiast,...

One of the "pods" at the Northwest Detention Center, where groups of up to 250 detainees are held. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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It’s not easy organizing a hunger strike inside a secure detention facility. But with nothing but time on their hands, people get resourceful. Jose Moreno, a...

An unidentified detainee at the Northwest Detention Center in 2008. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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April is National Poetry Month, and while there are many ways to celebrate, one I enjoy is participating in the 30/30. Writing 30 poems in...

"American Dresser," 2014 by Thuy-Van Vu. Image courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery.

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While some artists seek to capture the extraordinary, Thuy-Van Vu is more concerned with the mundane — but just as revealing — objects of...

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A newly released interactive graphic shows visualizes millions of individuals migrating between countries over the past 20 years.

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Young people and immigrants in Seattle are proving that philanthropy doesn't only have to flow from the rich to the poor.

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“They really beat into your mind that (immigrants) are stealing from you ... that they’re taking money out of your pockets.”