Despite activist wins, 12th Ave youth jail construction is full speed ahead

Construction is fully underway at 12th and Alder (Image: Alex Garland) After a legal victory by activist group Ending the Prison Industrial Complex against the funding calculation of King County’s Children and Family Justice Center, construction at the 12th Ave project is still fully underway. “There’s what we think should be happening and then there’s what…

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Seattle’s Budget with Burgess: BLM and Mandated Retirement Money

As Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess announced his changes to the budget created by former mayor and accused sexual abuser Ed Murray, the new mayor gave an explicit nod to Black Lives Matter, focused on sexual assault survivors, and expressed gratitude for the Seattle Fire Department.

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What Seattle Can Learn From San Francisco and Chicago In Dealing With Its Housing Affordability Crisis

As Seattle deals with the largest population boom in its history, the Sightline Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and communications center, hosted a panel Wednesday night at the Rainier Arts Center to learn from Chicago and San Francisco affordable housing experts.

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DACA’s Fate Still Uncertain

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President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he “loves Dreamers” and will make a decision on keeping or phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by Tuesday, Sept. 5. White House officials warn, however, that his mind could change in favor or against at any moment.

Trump sits between a rock and a hard place as 10 states are threatening to bring DACA to the Supreme Court, in which case the Trump administration would have to defend it. The president’s platform, however, was built off of slashing Obama-era policies (including DACA), keeping immigrants out, expanding policing and building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump has yet to fulfill any of these promises besides increased policing by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also green-lighted additional military equipment to police departments.

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Trump Likely to End DACA This Week — South Seattle Emerald

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While Fox News initially reported President Donald Trump’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by Friday, South Seattle Emerald has confirmed the impending action with inside sources across various immigration organizations, nonprofits, and their networks.

Joaquin Uy with Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs said three scenarios could most likely play out. Trump could stop DACA recipients but allow those who currently have it to maintain their status indefinitely. Another route the federal government could take is a widespread wipeout of everyone’s DACA, forcing people to return to full undocumented status. This means people will be unable to work, receive scholarships for education, and be on PTSD-level constant alert for deportation.

The third scenario? A hybrid of the two. This option would involve retaining DACA only for earlier applicants but removing it for those who were granted the status within the past year. Again, these are theories, but sources speaking to the Emerald with inside knowledge of the matter say Trump is likely to take action along one of these lines.

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