Census 2020: What’s the Impact of the Citizenship Question?

On March 26th, the United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross directed the Census Bureau to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.  Organizations concerned about ensuring an accurate count in the 2020 Census, including OneAmerica, were outraged. Here is a statement from OneAmerica on the decision: “At a time when the federal government is on a crusade to tear apart immigrant families and …

Time to Weigh in on the New Washington Driver’s License

After years of fending off the US Department of Homeland Security, in the 2017 legislative session Washington State agreed (despite opposition from immigrant and civil liberties groups) to enact legislation that would bring the State into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, which established minimum requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses. With several allies, OneAmerica succeeded in ensuring that the law signed by …

King County Immigration Ordinance an Example to All

On February 26th, King County Council members voted to pass Ordinance, 2017-0487, also known as “Enhancing Trust and Fairness for King County Immigrant Communities”. A victory was made this day when a majority of the council voted 6:3, in favor of passing this legislation. OneAmerica is proud to witness our local government support the public safety and inclusion of ALL …

In South King County, Parents Are Making Change

Across south King County OneAmerica is supporting powerful parent leaders and youth to organize to improve responsiveness to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities. We know that individuals most impacted by public education issues are closest to the solutions. We want to ensure that they are centered in the decision-making process and equipped with the tools to create systemic …

OneAmerica's 2018 Annual Celebration

Friday, April 20, 2018, Reception: 5:30 pm Program: 6:30 pm The Westin, Seattle Sponsorship opportunities available! Reserve Your Ticket Today!   This year, women of color have taken power like never before. From spearheading the Women’s Marches, organizing the #MeToo movement, and even running for office and getting elected, women of color have led the resistance against anti-immigrant attacks with persistence, grace and …

Grassroots Immigrant & Refugee Leaders Claim Victory in Olympia

This month, the Washington legislature adjourned following a particularly intense and active 60-day legislative session.  OneAmerica grassroots leaders from across Washington, staff and allies met with legislators, led phone banks and drove statewide communications strategies in support of an ambitious issue platform.  These efforts were highlighted by a statewide advocacy day on February 1st that featured Governor Jay Inslee and …

State Agency Information Sharing with Federal Immigration Authorities

On January 11, we learned that the WA State Department of Licensing (DOL) regularly shares personal information with Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.  This years-long practice continues to hurt immigrant communities and sow fear across the state. Through the DOL’s cooperation, ICE received information such as name, address, photograph, and place of birth from driver license and ID card applications. ICE has used this …

The Fight for the DREAM Act: We’re Just Getting Started

Last week was filled with a number of twists and turns in the immigrant rights movement and OneAmerica was at the helm of advocating for a resolution for the million undocumented young people living in the US. On Thursday, February 15th the United States Senate voted on four immigration related bill, three of which provided some type of relief for …

The #TrumpShutDown is over, but is a DACA fix on its way?

When the President ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September 2017, nearly 800,000 individuals who had applied and received DACA suddenly had the rug taken out from beneath them. These are young undocumented Americans who were brought to the United States as children and   became eligible for authorization to work, travel, and be protected from deportation. For background and …

Fighting Hate in Burien, WA

Elected leaders and community-based organizations gathered to condemn recent actions taken by an anti-immigrant organization in Burien, WA.  As reported by numerous media outlets, in late October as ballots were arriving in voter’s mailboxes, Respect Washington mailed flyers to Burien residents with a list of names and addresses of alleged undocumented immigrants, claiming their connection to crimes. OneAmerica joined King County Executive Dow …