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After an inspector general report found "dangerous overcrowding" at Border Patrol facilities, the House oversight committee is holding a hearing about conditions for detained migrants. Watch the hearing live.

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A crowd gathered at Spokane’s federal building Tuesday to protest policy that separates children from family members who are being detained in Border Patrol facilities.

“Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here,” chanted people at the gathering.

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President Trump is unveiling an immigration plan that would vastly change who's allowed into the United States. The administration's proposal focuses on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration. Watch his remarks from the White House Rose Garden live. Scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. PT Thursday, May 16.

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Wednesday on the Inland Journal podcast, stories from refugees and immigrants who have made the Inland Northwest their home. Four people, each from a different country told their stories at an event called Refugee and Immigrant Voices: Stories of Hope” hosted by Refugee Connections Spokane.

Inland Journal, April 17, 2019: The 'Economic Divide'

Apr 17, 2019
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Wednesday on the Inland Journal podcast, a look at America’s divisions through the eyes of an economist. Former Gonzaga business school dean Bud Barnes cites four areas of economic divide: income and wealth distribution, the immigration debate, outsourcing American jobs and international trade and tariffs. We’ll hear some of his comments, given during Gonzaga’s annual economic symposium on Wednesday.


It’s often said that the United States is a country of immigrants. But rarely do we see that immigration system at work as clearly as on Tuesday afternoon when a group of new Americans took the Oath of Citizenship.

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Thursday on the Inland Journal podcast, Avista announces it will begin installing new ‘smart meters’ that will allow it to more quickly measure how its customers use energy. “Ask an Evangelical”: we talk with a man who identifies as evangelical about his views on immigration. And will this late blast of snow extend the ski season in the Inland Northwest? We’ll get the view from the Lookout Pass ski area.

Jeremy Burnham

Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has issued a statement on President Trump’s announcement that he’ll invoke a national emergency on the southern border.

The title of the statement from the congresswoman is “How would Elizabeth Warren use this?”

Northwest Public Broadcasting

Here are excerpts from Wednesday evening's debate at Walla Walla Community College, sponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Public Broadcasting.


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UPDATED Tuesday 3 pm 

The Spokane City Council last night [Monday] voted to forbid federal immigration authorities from questioning and arresting people in the city’s Intermodal Center, unless they have a warrant from a judge.

The six-to-one vote came after more than two-and-a-half hours of testimony from people in a packed council chambers.

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