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How Immigrant Rights Plays Into May Day

Will James
DACA recipients and supporters march in Seattle on Aug. 15, 2017.

Immigrants in Seattle have many of the same concerns as workers in general -- affordable housing and good jobs. But they also have unique concerns -- discrimination from the general public and increased attention from law enforcement.

Against a national backdrop of heightened rhetoric about immigrants and refugees, we wanted to hear about the state of those groups in Seattle. Ed Ronco spoke with Amelia Derr, an assistant professor of social work at Seattle University, who also works directly with immigrants through Seattle's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She says immigrants make up about 18 percent of Seattle's population.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.