From NWIRP (NW Immigration Rights Project), March 18-2019
Two pieces of legislation that will expand protections and benefits for immigrant community members have taken important steps forward. The Washington State Senate has passed the Keep Washington Working Act, which would prohibit certain forms of cooperation between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement. And the state senate has also approved a bill that will expand state benefits for victims of trafficking and other crimes, as well as asylum seekers. We are grateful for everyone who called or emailed their representatives in support of these important pieces of legislation, the Senators who voted in favor of these bills, and for our partners at the Washington Immigrant and Solidarity Network (WAISN), the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV), the ACLU of Washington and many others for their tireless advocacy on behalf of these important protections for Washington State residents. We are looking forward to the House of Representatives voting in favor of these bills soon.