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Immigrant Detainees in Wash. Continue Hunger Strike

Immigrant Detainees in Wash. Continue Hunger Strike

SEATTLE (AP) — An immigrant-rights attorney said Monday that detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state were being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike. But federal officials say the step would have to be medically necessary and court-ordered.  Attorney Sandy Restrepo said she spoke on Monday with three detainees […]

Advocates Welcome DREAM Law in Washington State

Advocates Welcome DREAM Law in Washington State

  Immigration reform advocates in Washington state are hailing the signing of the DREAM Act which opens the door to financial assistance to young people who were brought to the country without documents as children by their parents.  Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill on Feb. 26, making the state the fourth one in the […]

Wash. State Gov. Halts Death Penalty: ‘Too Many Doubts’

Wash. State Gov. Halts Death Penalty: ‘Too Many Doubts’

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.” The Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with family members […]

Complaint: Civil Rights of Latinos Violated When U.S. Border Patrol Responds to 911 Calls

Complaint: Civil Rights of Latinos Violated When U.S. Border Patrol Responds to 911 Calls

  In one case, during a girl’s birthday party in Washington state, a mother dialed 911 and, using English, asked for an ambulance because another child had an accident. She gave her surname of Martinez. Medics, sheriff deputies and, to her surprise, U.S. Border Patrol agents, rushed to the scene. The agents reportedly asked party […]