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Immigrant Strikers in Wash. Placed in Solitary Confinement

Immigrant Strikers in Wash. Placed in Solitary Confinement

  More than 20 men involved in a hunger strike at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash. have been placed in solitary confinement, advocates tracking their cases reported.  The men had been protesting the high rate of deportations nationwide, as well as the conditions at the Northwest Detention Center. Among their complaints was the $1-a-day […]

Officials Meet with Fasting Immigration Detainees in Wash.

Officials Meet with Fasting Immigration Detainees in Wash.

  Members of  Congress and aides, along with state and local government officials, visited a Washington state immigration detention center March 20, meeting with several detainees who are on a hunger strike. The Northwest Detention Center visit, which included U.S. Rep. Adam Smith and aides to Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Susan DelBene, signals further […]

U.S. Shutdown Triggers Unemployment Benefits in Wash.

U.S. Shutdown Triggers Unemployment Benefits in Wash.

  The U.S. government shutdown a few months ago has now created an October surprise, of sorts,  in Washington state – and one that lawmakers in Congress probably didn’t even consider.  The partial closure of the federal government caused by lawmakers bickering over policy and philosophical differences in October increased the unemployment rate to a […]

Airport Fuelers' Fight for Safety Will Continue Despite Judge's Injunction

Airport Fuelers

SEATTLE – A preliminary injunction has been issued by Federal District Court Judge James L. Robart restricting the right of airplane fuelers who are part of the Airport Service International Group to go on strike. “Our fight for safety and fairness at Sea-Tac will continue,” said Leon Sams, an airplane fueler at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle. […]

Legislators Join Northern Borders Coalition to Demand Border Patrol Audit

Legislators Join Northern Borders Coalition to Demand Border Patrol Audit

SEATTLE – Eleven congressional leaders are calling on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent investigation of the Customs and Border Protection’s use of its authority to stop people and vehicles within 100 miles of the northern border. The letter instructs the Government Accountability Office to investigate Border Patrol practices that undermine trust […]