Democrats are making Washington a “sanctuary state” for illegal aliens
2019 legislation aimed at preventing enforcement of immigration laws/ giving illegal aliens the same rights and benefits as citizens and legal residents. Status as of March 11.
Washington already is among 12 states that grant drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens – approved by the Legislature in 1993, reinforced by REAL ID act legislation in 2017. Gov. Inslee in 2018 ordered the Department of Licensing not to share information with federal immigration agents, new agency rule says drivers must no longer list place of birth.
Washington relaxed citizenship requirements for voter registration in 2018, allowing non-citizen 16 and 17-year-olds to “pre-register” without facing felony penalties.
Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order in 2017 forbidding state-agency cooperation with ICE, except where required by law.
Bills that are advancing
Prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities -- SB 5497/ HB 1815 – prevents sharing of info, blocks jailhouse interviews by federal agents. Passed Senate.
Creating a new “protected class” under state law for illegal aliens -- SB 5165 – expands Washington anti-discrimination law; affects employment decisions, lending and rentals. Passed Senate.
Creating a family planning program for illegal aliens -- SB 5602 – Directs the Department of Health to create a program identical to offerings for citizens, resident aliens. Passed Senate.
Expanding College Bound Scholarship program -- HB 1311 – Allows students to enroll in 9th and 10th grade, uses definition of “resident student” that encompasses illegal status. Passed House.
Expanding College Promise Scholarship program -- SB 5393/HB 1340 – Makes program an entitlement for all eligible students, uses definition of “resident student” that encompasses illegal status. Passed Senate.
Bills pending action
Forbidding schools from releasing information to immigration authorities – SB 5834/ HB 1779 – Requires a court order before information is released.
Restricting employer work scheduling – SB 5717/ HB 1491 – Prohibits “discrimination” based on “perceived immigration status or work authorization.”
Speeding commutations and pardons for illegal aliens – SB 5917 – Expedites process for those subject to deportation, establishes that pardons and civil rights restoration can be granted regardless of immigration status.
Extending health care services to illegal aliens – SB 5814/ HB 1697 – Extends state medical coverage to all low-income children regardless of immigration status.
Expanding Washington College Promise Scholarship program – HB 1123 – Uses definition of “resident student” that encompasses illegal status.