State and Local Policy

State and Local Policy

OneAmerica has a successful track record of actively shaping policy and educating policy makers about issues around immigrants and immigration at the local and state levels.  Locally, OneAmerica has worked to pass resolutions, ordinances and develop policies that acknowledge the rights and needs of immigrants, while at the same time opposing policies that would harm Washington’s foreign born residents.  At the State level, OneAmerica is leading the development of an immigrant integration agenda and is actively involved in analyzing and responding to policies that impact immigrant communities. 

Whether preserving the rights of all Washington residents to economic opportunity or ensuring continued funding for citizenship services and language access and acquisition programs, OneAmerica is a statewide resource for policy analysis and advocacy from the Capitol in Olympia to Yakima Valley and Spokane.

In 2015, OneAmerica will focus on legislation that seeks to redress issues of inequality due to Climate Change, pass a Washington Voting Rights Act that ensures our communities are fairly represented in local politcs, increased funding for the Washington New Americans program that provides essential citizenship services, a Dual-Language Education Bill that seeks to promote a diverse linguistic environment in Washignton's school systems, and many other pieces of legislation.

Below, please find more information about OneAmerica’s state and local policy agenda:

Carbon Pollution Accountability Act

The Carbon Pollution Accountability Act seeks to promote environmental justice by making polluters pay for the carbon they release into the atmosphere. Studies show that minority and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change. The act would also create an Environmental Justice "Hotspot" study to identify adversely affected communities and guide revenue reinvestment efforts.

Washington Voting Rights Act

The Washington Voting Rights Act seeks to help local governments ensure fairness and accountability in their elections. In some jurisdictions, outdated voting systems prevent all neighborhoods and communities from being represented in local governments. The Washington Voting Rights Act would give local governments the tools they need to tailor a solution to fit their needs in a world of changing demographics. It will help to ensure fairness in local elections.

Funding for Washington New Americans

Washington New Americans provides essential citizenship services to legal permenent residents in Washington State. Since 2009, WNA has served over 4,000 people each year through roving legal clinics, a network of dedicated volunteers and partner organzations, and a dedicated multi-lingual information hotline.

Dual Language and Bilingual Instruction

OneAmerica supports legislation around Dual Language programs, which teach students in English and another language. The most effective of these programs, called two-way immersion, are comprised of 50% native English speakers and 50% English language learners. Research shows that dual language programs are the best way to increase student achievement for English language learners while also improving education outcomes for native English speakers

Click here for a one-page summary of OneAmerica's 2015 State Legislative Agenda!

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