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Supporting Immigrant Communities in the Yakima Valley

Advocacy Alerts

COVID-19 Endangers Immigrants in Detention

ICE under pressure to release detainees threatened by coronavirus – The Hill, April 1, 2020

‘Any day the sickness will arrive.’ ICE detainees in Tacoma brace for coronavirus – KUOW / NPR – April 1, 2020

Courts’ Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis – Brennan Center for Justice, March 30, 2020

We Are Like Sitting Ducks – The Atlantic, March 28, 2020

ICE Is Ignoring Recommendations to Release Immigrant Detainees to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus – Mother Jones, March 20, 2020

13 changes to the US immigration system during the coronavirus pandemic – CNN, March 20, 2020

What coronavirus means for tens of thousands of people in ICE custody – CNN, March 19, 2020

‘Recipe For Disaster:’ The Spread Of Coronavirus Among Detained Populations  – MSNBC, March 18, 2020

Groups ask court to order ICE to release sick, elderly immigrants at risk of coronavirus – CBS News, March 16, 2020



ICE Flights to Yakima

Once or twice a week, ICE transfers detainees to/from border towns through the Yakima airport.

Learn more about the ICE Flights through Yakima.

If you’d like to observe the transfer of detainees at the Yakima Airport’s ICE Air flights, watch the announcements on our Facebook page.

Yakima in the ICE deportation pipeline

Keep Washington Working

We celebrate the signing of the Keep Washington Working Act on May 21, 2019 which disentangles the government of the State from the Federal government for immigration enforcement purposes. It effectively guarantees that he State will not play an active part in helping remove people from the United States. Initially proposed last year by Senator Wellman, the bill is well supported among the immigrant rights community. Learn more

Real ID

Have you been issued a “Federal Limits Apply” Drivers License or ID Card from the Department of Licensing and want to let more about the restrictions surrounding its use?  Learn more on our Real ID page.

Bus Travel and Customs Border Patrol

Please prepare any family members and friends who may be traveling by bus  – so they know their rights!  Learn more about CBP and Bus Travel & Know Your Rights during Travel.


Training Community Allies

Raid Response Verifiers and Accompaniment Training in Yakima Valley

We are planning several upcoming Trainings in Yakima and the Lower Valley in the coming months. If you want to attend, please contact us.


What Does YIRN Do?

Support our Immigrant Communities through:


Upcoming Webinars

April 9 – Responding to In-Custody Tragedies Effectively and Responsibly Webinar

2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 12:00 Mountain / 11:00 Pacific.
The Immigration Advocates Network – Register


April 19 – Online Shutdown NWDC Forum

1:00-3:00PM Pacific Time

Washington State’s private prison ban bill got gutted and now we’re in the midst of the COVID19 crisis! Join us online for our second Shutdown NWDC Community Forum. The Shutdown Coalition will share plans during this forum to pivot and prioritize our Shutdown NWDC energies in 2020.

Together, we can keep on fighting to make sure everyone is released from NWDC and that the facility gets shut down!

Join the Forum


Know Your Rights … if stopped in your car

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ICE Raid Hotline

If you see activities that might be an ICE raid, call the WAISN hotline number to report!





Use this Hotline to report Active ICE Raids and suspected immigration detention activity in Washington State.

The WAISN  hotline is staffed by volunteers between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.