NWIRP in the News

2018

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Opposition To King County Youth Jail Grows As Immigrant Rights Group Joins Effort To Halt Construction

High-profile rights groups, including one that works on behalf of immigrants, have joined activists trying to stop construction on a prison for youths that’s being built in Seattle’s Central District.

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Lawyers Welcome U.S. Court Order To Slow Deportations Of Separated Families

Lawyers for immigrant families separated by the U.S. government at the border with Mexico said a federal judge’s order barring rapid deportations until at least next Tuesday would give their clients breathing room as they decided their next steps.

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Immigrant Parents May Be Moved To Texas From SeaTac, Tacoma

Just as a heart-wrenching reunion takes place in the Seattle area, sources say parents held under President Trump's 'no tolerance' policy in SeaTac and Tacoma could be moved.

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Asylum Seeker In Seattle Suing ICE Demands Her Son Back

Yolany Padilla and her 6-year-old son arrived at the southern U.S. border in Hidalgo, Texas, on May 18 seeking asylum. They were led to a detention center, their belongings thrown away, and locked in a holding cell referred to as an “icebox” before being separated. Padilla, 24, is now the leading plaintiff suing federal agencies through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to demand that families be reunited with their children.

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Los Angeles Judge Rebukes Trump Administration Over Family Separations

In a strongly worded order on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee rejected the Justice Department’s request to lift a requirement that limits detention of immigrant children with their parents to 20 days.

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Which Company Will Test The DNA Of Separated Families?

Matt Adams, the legal director for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, sees DNA tests as a delaying tactic. Critics of the practice also point to past examples of families separated because of complex genetic situations, and the invasion of privacy the testing constitutes.

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AG Ferguson Takes On Trump’s Immigrant Family Separation

At a press conference outside of the Federal Detention Center, SeaTac, on June 21, Ferguson announced that he would lead a multi-state legal challenge against the Trump Administration over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Attorney Talks Trump And The Detention Center

Since President Donald Trump took office, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has consistently been in the news for fighting federal agencies in court, representing undocumented immigrants in their deportation proceedings, and organizing support for their work in a time of financial uncertainty.

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Immigration Judge In Tacoma Denies Bond For Mom Separated From Son

“Her child is in the custody of the government. The fact that she would skip town is incomprehensible,” said Matt Adams, a lawyer for a 25-year-old Honduran mom and legal director for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

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Thousands Gather In SeaTac To Protest Immigrant Family Separations

In an emotional and much larger than anticipated rally, an estimated 10,000 protesters gathered Saturday at SeaTac’s Federal Detention Center to call for an end to the separation of families crossing the border.

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An ICE Attorney Made Almost $200,000 Stealing Immigrants’ Identities. Now He’s Going To Prison.

Using his position as a chief counsel at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Seattle office, attorney Raphael Sanchez plotted to profit from the personal information of several immigrants, drawing payments in excess of $190,000 over the course of four years.

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SeaTac Asylum Seekers Separated From Their Children Sue Federal Agencies

The children of asylum seekers “have been left to face an uncertain future frightened and alone,” according to attorneys from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

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‘How Can I Help The Immigrant Moms?’ Buy A Phone Card Or Donate, Advocates Say

In just two weeks, NWIRP has raised around $1,200 for phone cards and $400,000 for legal aid. “It’s been a light of hope for all of us here that so many of the people in the community are behind us and with our clients who are looking for their children.”

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Ibis Colindres Was Told She’d See Her Son Again In 3 Days. It’s Been 36.

Though Trump signed an executive order ending his administration's "zero tolerance" policy, Ibis’s lawyer, Stephanie Martinez of The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says it could still be months before Ibis and her son are reunited.

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Victory In Lawsuit: Spokane Police Will No Longer Unlawfully Detain Immigrants

On January 9, 2018, Gabriel Gomez, represented by The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the ACLU of Washington, reached a final settlement with the City of Spokane. The lawsuit was filed after Mr. Gomez was unlawfully detained by a police officer, who singled him out because he was Latino, and under the settlement the City has agreed to change its policies to make clear that its police officers will not question or detain individuals to enforce federal immigrations laws.

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Why Are Asylum Seekers In Pacific Northwest Prisons?

Federal immigration officials have sent some of the people stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border to prisons in Oregon and Washington, including parents separated from their children.

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Asylum Seeking Immigrant Mothers Separated From Children Now Detained In Seatac

What some are calling a humanitarian crisis has reached our doorstep. Immigrants are awaiting hearings to see if they can stay in the U.S. or if they will be deported. But while they wait, families are being separated.

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Lawsuit Seeks To Hold CBP Accountable For Turning Away Asylum Seeker And Falsifying Paper Trail

A Mexican national who fears persecution in his country of origin based on sexual orientation, José Crespo Cagnant entered the United States in search of protection in 2012. Now he aims to hold the government accountable for abusive, unlawful conduct, and for depriving him of an opportunity to apply for asylum.

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How Northwest Immigrant Rights Stopped A One-Way Ticket To A Death Sentence

A day before Sulbaran’s hearing in February 2016, NWIRP attorney Jordan Wasserman showed up to take the Venezuelan’s case.

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Go Up In Smoke

It looks as if Seattle is going to be joining San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego, and many other locations around the country in vacating misdemeanor cannabis convictions from the record books. Taking advice from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the Attorney General and Mayor noted the impact of cannabis prohibition on immigrants and refugees who already have or are seeking legal residency.

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Here’s How ICE Sent Children Seeking Asylum To Adult Detention Centers

One teen arrived in the United States in 2015 seeking asylum after his father was murdered in Somalia. Another fled Afghanistan last year after the Taliban killed his father and the Islamic State group killed his brother. Both ended up in adult detention centers based on the opinion of the same University of Texas dentist – who never met them or examined their teeth.

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Immigration Activists React To Judge’s DACA Protection Ruling

Immigration activists are cautiously optimistic after a federal judge ruled protections for DACA recipients must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications.

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It’s The Only Legal Help Some Immigrants Have — And It’s Getting Scrapped

Every day at detention centers around the country, lawyers give "know your rights" presentations to immigrants facing deportation. For many, it’s the only legal help they’ll get. And the feds just pulled the money for the program.

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Pregnant And Detained

Immigration authorities have detained 506 pregnant women since December, when the Trump administration ended a policy to release most pregnant women while their immigration cases are pending.

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Civil Rights Complaint Filed After Vancouver Man’s ICE Arrest

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a civil rights complaint Tuesday on behalf of a Vancouver man who was detained earlier this year. The complaint alleged that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer eavesdropped on a conversation between the man and his defense attorney, violating his attorney-client privilege.

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Seattle Judge Opens Door For Thousands To Apply For Asylum

Finding that the Department of Homeland Security has routinely failed to notify people of the deadlines for filing their applications, a federal judge in Seattle opened the door Thursday for thousands of immigrants to apply for asylum.

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More Than A Gala

On March 10, students, city councilmembers, and Women’s Center community members gathered for the UW Women’s Center’s annual fundraising gala, titled “Women of Courage” to celebrate five female honorees and one “Man of Integrity.” This final award was given to Jorge L. Barón, who leads the local Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP).

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ACLU Objects To Immigration Raids On Greyhound Buses

In its March letter, the ACLU argues Border Patrol has fallen back on regularly interrogating passengers without probable cause and singling out individuals "because of the color of their skin or because they have a foreign accent.”

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Tukwila Police Overstepped Immigration Authority, Suit Claims

An immigrant rights group claims Tukwila's police department was not authorized to turn a Honduran immigrant over to federal authorities after he called police asking for help.

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Lawsuit Targets Montana Judge, Deputy In Immigration Case

An immigrant rights group alleged Monday that a Montana judge acted illegally when he asked a deputy to take away from his court a Mexican-born man who was later detained by federal immigration authorities.

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Federal Lawsuit Says Some TPS Holders Should Be Able To Seek Green Cards

A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to shield thousands of U.S. immigrants from being deported after President Trump cancels their temporary protected status.

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Increase In Immigration Enforcement Worries Activists

The re-invigoration of enforcement policies has led to concern from immigrant activists, including from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), which offers legal counsel to those detained.

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Legal Providers: They Warned State Officials About DOL Sharing Info With ICE

Despite having denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies and promised to protect immigrants, according to leaders from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project state officials ignored an earlier warning that the Department of Licensing was providing information to federal immigration authorities.

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Stop That Plane — The Frantic Race To Halt A Deportation

It was the beginning of an astonishing and chaotic day that would see elected officials, civil rights attorneys and thousands of protesters descend upon Sea-Tac in an effort to win the release of passengers caught up in a high-stakes test of Trump's executive powers.

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A Father, A Husband, An Immigrant: Detained And Facing Deportation

NPR's All Things Considered features the story Manuel, a former client of NWIRP attorney Andrea Lino who faced deportation at the Northwest Detention Center. 

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Tacoma should spend $440,000 a year to fight deportations, task force says

The money would pay for two attorneys and two paralegals who would represent people facing deportation

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DOJ Seeks Dismissal Of EOIR Immigrant Representation Row

The DOJ on Friday sought to dismiss a suit brought by a legal services nonprofit over a cease-and-desist letter.

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Feds Can’t Block Local Nonprofit From Giving Legal Aid to Unrepresented Immigrants, Judge Rules

Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in favor of NWIRP.

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Judge: Nonprofit legal groups can keep helping immigrants

A federal judge in Seattle said Monday that nonprofit legal groups around the country can keep assisting immigrants facing deportation.

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Acting ICE Director Says More Immigration Agents Will Be Deployed to Sanctuary Cities

Although officials with the Trump administration have called for additional enforcement previously, Homan's statements are "troubling on many levels."

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Her miscarriage in ICE detention raises questions about care

Across the country, ICE arrests of women have climbed 35 percent in the first four months this year, compared to the same period in 2016.

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How Donald Trump’s Travel Ban Attempts Have Deeply Wounded Black Families And Individuals

Thousands of Black refugees have been affected by President Trump’s travel ban. Here are their stories.

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Iraq veteran facing deportation speaks out from jail: ‘I would feel utterly alone’

In his first interview, Chong Kim describes the crushing prospect of being deported to South Korea, a country he hasn’t lived in since the age of five.

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Enforcing travel ban to be ‘a little messy’ for a while, says Seattle immigrant-rights lawyer

Implementation of a limited version of the Trump administration’s ban on travel is “going to be a little messy for the next few months,” says Jorge Barón.

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What does the reinstated travel ban mean for Washington state?

The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers.

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Judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program

A class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

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Seattle judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones denied the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the suit.

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Slate’s Amicus Podcast interview with NWIRP’s Executive Director

Slate's Dhalia Lithwick interview's Jorge about NWIRP's latest DOJ lawsuit challenging their cease-and-desist letter

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Seattle mom sues Trump to stop travel ban and bring her son home

Juweiya Ali is fighting to bring her 7-year-old son to the U.S. from Somalia. Ali was born in Somalia but she grew up here, and became a U.S. citizen.

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How the Justice Department is reportedly blocking immigrants from getting legal help

If the courts rule in the administration's favor, it could pose a dire threat to organizations like the NWIRP

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Seattle federal judge says government can’t restrict legal help for immigrants

A skeptical U.S. District Judge has ruled that the Justice Department’s cease-and-desist order to NWIRP would violate the Constitution.

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US judge blocks restriction on immigrant legal help

A federal judge temporarily blocked a Justice Department decision that would curtail much of the work NWIRP does helping those facing deportation.

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Hotline set up to share rumors and reports of immigration raids in Northwest

A new hotline for reporting enforcement activity aims to allow “rapid response” teams to check out such rumors as they’re happening.

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U.S. Sued for Warning Immigrant Advocacy Group to Stop Legal Aid

"It’s just not possible to talk to all of those people who need aid and file all of that paperwork."

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NWIRP sues feds over request to stop helping undocumented people

NWIRP claims the immigration review office's interpretation of the 2008 rule is a violation of their First Amendment rights to free speech and free association

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NWIRP Receives ‘Organization of the Year’ Award

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is being awarded the Muny League's Organization of the Year Award for its legal services

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Elected Leaders Need to Step Up on Immigrants’ Rights

The success of our region hinges on being a safe and welcoming place for all residents to live, work and raise a family.

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Local officials claim victory over executive order on sanctuary cities

“There’s definitely a lot of relief in the community,” said Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle.

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NWIRP expands in response to surge of requests

In response to a surge of post-election requests, NWIRP is offering increased legal aid educational courses to immigrants. 

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City, county vote to create $1.3 million in immigrant legal defense funds

The city of Seattle and King County have created a total of $1.3 million in funds to provide defendants in immigration courts with legal defense.

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Hundreds of immigrants detained in a private prison have gone on hunger strike

Hundreds of immigrant detainees held in one of the largest detention centers in the U.S. are refusing meals as part of an organized hunger strike, activist groups say.

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Child TV star turned Yale-educated lawyer leads ‘big fight’ for Northwest immigrants

There was a moment when Jorge Barón knew Hollywood was not for him. He was in a training program for assistant directors and he arrived on a set for the military law show “JAG.”

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King County unlikely to comply with new ICE ‘detainer’ procedure

Jorge Baron, the executive director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, agrees that this won’t change what Washington counties are doing.

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Tacoma man ordered to pay for role in ‘Notario Scam'; experts warn of immigration fraud

Right now, we're concerned about it because there’s so much uncertainty in the community and because the consequences when the people get the wrong type of help. It could be pretty severe.

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Workshop in Granger Confronts Immigrants’ Fear Amid Trump’s Rise to Power

Laura Contreras, directing attorney in NWIRP's Granger office, led a workshop Saturday in Lower Yakima Valley city addressing immigrants’ fears, acknowledged that uncertainty over future policy still reigns. Uncertainty should not prevent undocumented immigrants from acting now, so they have plans in place in the event of detention or deportation, she said.

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Westneat: Engines of Civil Opposition Got Revved Up Immediately

In past two weeks, NWIRP's donor list has shot up 50 percent, from about 600 donors through the first 10 months of the year to 925. Executive Director Jorge Barón says about two dozen attorneys also offered pro bono help for what is expected to be a surge of deportation cases under a President Trump administration.

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