Immigration

Is it OK to mention a person's immigration status in court? Washington state says no

Is it OK to mention a person's immigration status in court? Washington state says no

With visa in hand, Alex Salas came to the United States from Mexico in 1989, moved to Seattle the following year, worked construction jobs, raised a family and paid his taxes. His visa expired in 1994 and he applied for citizenship, but didn’t follow up. He was living in the country illegally on a rainy day in 2002 when he slipped off a ladder and fell 30 feet to the ground.

Thirteen surgeries later, the carpenter sued the scaffolding company for using a ladder that lacked a textured, non-slip surface. What played out over the next 15 years changed Salas’ life forever and led this month to a new rule that, with rare exceptions, bars attorneys from bringing up an immigrant’s legal...

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