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    Emotional reunion at Sea-Tac for 4 Iraqi refugees, Seattle area relatives

    SEATTLE — Four Iraqi refugees arrive in Seattle after days of uncertainty due to President  Donald Trump’s travel ban. On Friday, the refugees touched down at Sea-Tac International Airport and reunited with their family living in Tukwila. The emotional reunion got people’s attention, a brother showering kisses on a sister he hasn’t seen in 13 years. Wasfi Rabaa immigrated to the United States in 2010 from Iraq after helping U.S. forces in the war. His two sisters fled Iraq for […]

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    Undocumented immigrants with young American-citizen children urged to have plan in case deported

    SEATTLE — With President Donald Trump expanding deportations, millions of families are in limbo of what it means for them. “It’s mostly fear,” said one Western Washington woman who asked that she not be identified by name. On Thursday Q13 News spoke with a woman who did not want to be identified because she is married to an undocumented immigrant. “To have someone step out of the home and not being able to come back,” said the woman. She is […]

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    Immigrant rights groups already hearing fear, concerns after Trump’s call for expanded deportations

    SEATTLE — The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project in Seattle said it received hundreds of calls Tuesday morning from concerned people after President Trump’s directive to expand deportations of undocumented immigrants. “That theoretically catches millions of immigrants living among us,” said Mozhdeh Oskouian, an attorney for NIRP. The organization noted that undocumented immigrants still have the right to a private attorney if they get picked up by federal agents.  Even after detention, attorneys say, undocumented immigrants don’t have to answer questions or […]

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    Seattle ranks as 23rd worst traffic among 1,000 cities in world

    SEATTLE — Tired of traffic? A new study is giving us a better idea about just how long you spend sitting in backups each year.  The study was done by Inrix, a Kirkland-based traffic analysis company. In 2016, people in this area spent 55 hours stuck in traffic — that’s while driving during peak traffic hours. Inrix says that adds up to more than $1,500 in direct and indirect costs, factoring in things like the price of fuel and the […]

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    DACA recipient will remain in custody until bond hearing next week; lawyers call ruling disappointing

    SEATTLE — The Des Moines man taken into custody by Immigration Customs Enforcement officers last week will remain in a federal detention center for at least another week. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Donohue refused to release Daniel Ramirez Medina immediately on Friday, saying an immigration judge should have the right to hold a bond hearing first. Ramirez’s attorneys were hoping to avoid the bond hearing and were fighting for an immediate release. Ramirez, 23, who was brought from Mexico to […]

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    ICE doubles down on detention of local immigrant in federal DACA program

    SEATTLE — The detention of a local man by ICE agents is getting national attention. Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Mexican citizen, has been locked up since Friday at the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma for deportation proceedings. Medina, who was brought to the country when he was 7, has a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, sometimes referred to as “Dreamers.” The program was established in 2012 by President Barack Obama to allow those brought […]

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    An emotional welcome home for Mount Vernon officer shot in the line of duty

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — An emotionally powerful welcome home was given Tuesday to Mount Vernon police officer Mike McClaughry, who was shot in the head and critically injured while on a call Dec. 15. He was released from Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center on Tuesday. It’s a miracle he survived his gunshot wound, but he paid a high price, losing his sight. And two months after the shooting, the officer cannot fully remember the traumatic moment that changed his life. “I […]

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    Federal judge in Seattle expedites case against President Trump’s travel ban

    SEATTLE — A federal judge who initially blocked President Trump’s temporary travel ban ruled in favor of Washington state once again. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart ruled to expedite the case in his courtroom. This means the Attorney General’s Office will not have to deal with the burden of a preliminary injunction phase, which was next on the schedule. The lawsuit will head straight to trial. Robart says when a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court […]

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    Judge rejects administration request for delay, rules Trump travel ban case can proceed in Seattle

    SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle said Monday that a lawsuit by Washington state challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban will proceed as an appellate court considers a preliminary injunction in the case. U.S. District Judge James Robart, who previously issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban, ruled Monday the lawsuit can go forward. The Justice Department had wanted to put the case on hold while the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether a larger, 11-judge […]

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    Noah Purcell: Seattle lawyer taking on Trump described as someone who ‘leaves no stone unturned’

    SEATTLE — In the past week we have seen a lot of Noah Purcell, the local Seattle attorney who is taking on the most powerful man in the free world. It was on the steps of the federal courthouse in Seattle last Friday that the nation first met Purcell, who is Washington state’s solicitor general. Purcell and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson won a federal court victory by successfully obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order that halted President Donald Trump’s controversial […]