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Federal court in Seattle enjoins removal of legal immigrants from Wa. state health plan

From the Seattle Times, Oct. 26, 2011 : "About 11,000 people who were kicked off the state's Basic Health insurance program for the working poor in March because of their immigration status will be allowed to re-enroll after a federal court judge said the state likely had violated their...

Who will pick Washington's apples?

"On any given day in October, weather permitting, about 45,000 workers are needed to harvest Washington’s tree fruit. If all goes well, before the snow falls they will have picked about $1.5 billion worth of food. That’s for apples alone, and perhaps an underestimate. This is a...

With migrant workers scared off by immigration crackdown, Wash. orchards desperate for pickers

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn’t forced them to leave some fruit on trees. Growers in Washington state, which produces about half of the nation’s apples, say the labor shortage was made worse by a late start to...

Immigration crackdowns cost Washington apple growers

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn't forced them to leave some fruit on trees." Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2011 .

Wa. Ct. App. on dependency: Matter of M.R.

"After Carissa Paulos entered into an agreed order of dependency, the court entered an order placing her four-year-old daughter with the paternal grandparents. At the first dependency review hearing, the court removed M.R. from the care of her paternal grandparents based solely on the court’s...

EEOC Stung For Failing To Produce Claimant Immigration Status

"In the latest act of a nearly two-year drama that has played out in both the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Lonny R. Suko gave the EEOC a stark choice in a May 7, 2012 order - give up the immigration...

Diplomatic Impunity: Trafficking Women to the United States in the Shadow of the White House

"Human trafficking by diplomats poses little risk of prosecution. Or as the founder of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, Martina Vandenberg, puts it, “Diplomatic immunity is not a license to traffic, but it’s pretty close.” Diplomatic immunity shields certain classes...

Wa. Ethics Rule Bars Mention of Immigration Status for Coercive Purpose in Civil Cases

"Mentioning an individual's immigration status in court might not seem all that intimidating to a U.S. citizen. But it can deter someone who is undocumented from pursuing a civil claim, or improperly influence a jury, the Washington Supreme Court says. It clarified an existing state rule of...

Class Action Lawsuits in Mass., Wa. Challenge Mandatory, No-Bond Detention

" Gordon v. Napolitano is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigration detainees in Massachusetts who are unlawfully subject to mandatory, no-bond detention. Khoury v. Asher is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigration detainees in Washington State who are unlawfully subject...

Court Rules Law Enforcement Can't Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status

"In a victory for fair treatment of immigrants, Pierce County Superior Court has found that local law enforcement officers cannot prolong a detention to question individuals about their immigration status, citizenship status, and/or country of origin. The ruling came in a lawsuit (Ramirez-Rangel...

Over 150 Activists, Including 8 Lawmakers, Arrested at D.C. Immigration Protest

"As several thousand demonstrators rallied around them, eight members of the House of Representatives were arrested on Tuesday outside the Capitol in a protest to push Congress to pass broad immigration legislation that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. The...

Washington State Joins Tuition Equity Movement

"Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Wednesday that expands state college financial aid to students who don't have legal status in the United States. The law is a key victory for immigrant advocates, and Washington joins California, Texas and New Mexico in approving similar legislation. The Senate...

The Unethical Use of Immigration Status in Civil Matters

"[T]he Washington Supreme Court unanimously adopted a formal Comment to RPC 4.4(a) to provide guidance on the use of immigration status in civil matters. The comment became effective on Sept. 1, 2013. The comment notes that “[i]ssues involving immigration status carry a significant danger...

More Counties in Washington and Colorado Drop ICE Detainers

"At least four counties in Washington state and four in Colorado have joined a growing number of jurisdictions in Oregon that stopped holding undocumented immigrants in jail for the sole purpose of deportation." - Andrea Castillo, The Oregonian, May 1, 2014 .

I-9 Audit Threatens Apple Packing Plant

"Hundreds of workers at a central Washington apple-packaging company could be laid off after a federal immigration audit. Crunch Pak notified its employees Friday that they need to provide documents proving they can work in the United States legally after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Wa. State Attorney General Takes Action to Support Legal Representation for Children in Deportation Hearings

"Attorney General Bob Ferguson yesterday asked the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Wash. for permission to file an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in the J.E.F.M. v. Holder lawsuit. Ferguson believes that unaccompanied immigrant children — children under the age of 18 who...

Unpub. BIA Agg. Fel. Victory: Wash. Rev. Code §§ 9A.28.020(1), 9A.44.089(1)

"The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS') has charged the respondent with removability from the United States as an alien convicted of an "aggravated felony" and a "crime of child abuse." See sections 237(a)(2)(A)(iii) aod 237(a)(2)(E)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality...

Twelve States and D.C. Support Executive Action on Immigration, File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA

"Washington State Attorney General Ferguson spearheads legal brief in support of Obama Administration’s action on immigration “Friend-of-court” brief joined by 11 other states and the District of Columbia SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the...