Immigrants http://www.kplu.org en Food stamps reduced for up to 30,000 legal immigrants http://www.kplu.org/post/food-stamps-reduced-30000-legal-immigrants <p>Food stamps are getting cut in half next week for many of Washington&rsquo;s legal immigrants. They were cut to help balance the state&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>The food assistance goes to about 11,000 families. Counting their children, that could be nearly 30,000 people impacted statewide, according to estimates by the Children&#39;s Alliance, and advocacy group.</p><p>They&rsquo;re immigrants who came here legally, from countries all over the world. Many have their &quot;Green Cards,&quot; which means they have permanent resident status. Others are here under other programs.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:57:07 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5423 at http://www.kplu.org Groundbreaking at Seattle's Casa Latina http://www.kplu.org/post/groundbreaking-seattles-casa-latina <p>It&rsquo;s common to see day laborers waiting for jobs outside the big home improvement store. But for many in Seattle, a new community gathering space will ensure a safe haven and access to education while</p><p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn grabbed a shovel and dug in for Casa Latina&rsquo;s groundbreaking event near the Central district.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Maybe in other places, they think immigrants aren&rsquo;t a great idea. In Seattle, you make us stronger,&rdquo; McGinn said.</p><p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:25:18 +0000 Monica Spain 4124 at http://www.kplu.org Groundbreaking at Seattle's Casa Latina Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in http://www.kplu.org/post/agriculture-programs-help-northwest-refugees-settle <p>PORTLAND &ndash; Starting over in a new country as a refugee can feel like landing a new planet.</p><p>It&rsquo;s hard to understand daily life, much less face the challenges of finding a job. One movement in refugee resettlement pioneered in the Northwest helps people put down new roots &ndash; literally &ndash; through agriculture. But learning to be an American farmer can be a tough row to hoe.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:56:06 +0000 Northwest News Network 2633 at http://www.kplu.org Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in Helping refugee women fight domestic violence http://www.kplu.org/post/helping-refugee-women-fight-domestic-violence <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-966900.mp3</p><p>Refugees face a lot of stress.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re usually escaping war or poverty.&nbsp; They land here unable to speak English and without a means of support.&nbsp; But for some women, there&rsquo;s the additional burden of domestic violence. Tue, 03 May 2011 18:33:31 +0000 Paula Wissel 1527 at http://www.kplu.org Public library hosts naturalization ceremony http://www.kplu.org/post/public-library-hosts-naturalization-ceremony <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963127.mp3</p><p>For the first time, <a href="http://www.spl.org/">the Seattle Public Library</a> was the venue for a naturalization ceremony.&nbsp; Eighty-six people from twenty-eight countries were sworn in as American citizens. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:57:53 +0000 Paula Wissel 1199 at http://www.kplu.org Public library hosts naturalization ceremony Immigration check for driver’s licenses appears unlikely http://www.kplu.org/post/immigration-check-driver%E2%80%99s-licenses-appears-unlikely <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956422.mp3</p><p>Washington could soon be the last state in the nation to issue driver&rsquo;s licenses without an immigration check. <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-supports-citizenship-checks-drivers-licenses">A controversial proposal in Olympia</a> to create a two-tier license system appears to have died. Senate Republicans failed to force a vote just before a key legislative cut-off.</p><p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:24:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 947 at http://www.kplu.org Legislature considers two-tier driver's license system http://www.kplu.org/post/legislature-considers-two-tier-drivers-license-system <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-953854.mp3</p><p>A two-tier driver&#39;s license system is getting traction in the legislature. This is how it would work: applicants who provide a valid social security number would get a regular license. Drivers who can&#39;t prove they are in this country legally would get an alternative version.</p><p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:17:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 844 at http://www.kplu.org Immigrants' rally in Olympia against driver's license bills http://www.kplu.org/post/immigrants-rally-olympia-against-drivers-license-bills <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951419.mp3</span></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">Immigrant rights groups are pushing back against efforts to deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants in Washington. They rallied at the Capitol Wednesday in opposition to several legislative proposals.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">In the Capitol Rotunda, the chant was:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Safety first, driver's licenses for all.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Members of the group OneAmerica voiced opposition to the half-dozen proposals in the Washington legislature to require proof – or at least evidence of – lawful presence in the United States <a href="http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/">in order to get</a> a driver's license.</p><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:45:29 +0000 Austin Jenkins 759 at http://www.kplu.org Immigrants' rally in Olympia against driver's license bills Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/proposal-would-cut-illegal-immigrants-basic-health-plan <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950132.mp3</p><p>Undocumented immigrants would lose state medical coverage under a proposal to save the popular Basic Health insurance program. The get-tough measure is part of a budget-cutting plan unveiled by the State Senate. But it's at odds with a competing approach in the House.</p><p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:23:30 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 703 at http://www.kplu.org Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan Gregoire supports citizenship checks for driver's licenses http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-supports-citizenship-checks-drivers-licenses <p>Governor Chris Gregoire says she supports citizenship checks for driver's licenses. Washington is one of the last states in the nation that still issues driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Gregoire says ending that practice is a matter of national security:</p><blockquote><p>"The job of being governor has changed dramatically since I came into office in 2005 and security has become one of the top priorities for every governor in this country."</p></blockquote><p>There are several proposals in the legislature to require the Department of Licensing to confirm an applicant's "legal presence" in the country. Gregoire says if the legislature sends her a bill, she’ll sign it.</p><p>The governor's statement comes after a public radio report earlier this week on the issue.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:50:59 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 643 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire supports citizenship checks for driver's licenses Artscape: A Refugee's Journey of Survival and Hope http://www.kplu.org/post/artscape-refugees-journey-survival-and-hope <p><span class="article-content"><span>On April 30th, 1975, the Vietnam War ended. But that was only the beginning for millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians, as they desperately found ways to leave their war torn countries. An account of refugees' struggles and hardships is now on exhibit at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum. This is the story of two refugees who came here to start a new life. </span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1679577"><span class="article-content"><span>View the full story</span></span></a></p> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 07:00:00 +0000 Katherine Banwell 132 at http://www.kplu.org Artscape: A Refugee's Journey of Survival and Hope