The ‘Public Charge Rule’ – An Explanation and Advice

On August 14, 2019, USCIS published a new rule about a ground of inadmissibility called “likely to become a public charge.” The new rule applies to immigrants who are seeking admission into the USA, applying for green cards in the USA through the Adjustment of Status Process, and to temporary nonimmigrants who seek to extend or change status.  While lawful …

SeaTac Community Members React with Shock and Disappointment to the City Council’s Replacement of Amina Ahmed

Media Contact: Robin Engle 503-896-9967 Robin@weareoneamerica.org January 15th, 2019 For Immediate Release: SeaTac Community Members React with Shock and Disappointment to the City Council’s Replacement of Amina Ahmed This blog post contains a correction – please see starred portions and the footnote below. SeaTac – The SeaTac immigrant community reacted with disappointment to the SeaTac City Council’s replacement of Councilor Amina Ahmed’s …

King County Inquest Process Reforms are Positive Steps Towards Police Accountability and Justice

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently introduced positive reforms to the inquest process that addresses how investigations of the death of an community member at the hands of law enforcement are conducted. “On behalf of our members throughout King County, OneAmerica strongly supports the positive steps taken by the King County Executive to strengthen accountability and sensitivity to the needs …

OneAmerica Partners with SeaTac Airport to Promote Citizenship

By Sarah Sumadi It’s often while anxiously waiting in line at U.S. ports of entry that legal permanent residents first think about applying for citizenship. Returning to the United States after a trip abroad is especially stressful, because re-entry isn’t guaranteed. Immigration officials inspect residents’ green cards while reviewing their full background file and questioning them about their travel, and …

Ensure Representation for Communities of Color: Help us Implement the Washington Voting Rights Act

  Earlier this year, Washington State enacted the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA).  Under previous state law the majority of Washington’s local governments were required to use at-large voting in general elections. So, the same majority of voters can decide the result for every council or school board seat in a town, city, or county.  As a result, some communities, …