Mobilizing to Keep Families Together and Free

OneAmerica partnered with a vibrant coalition of allies (#FamiliesBelongTogetherWashington) to organize a week of sustained action against family separation caused by the Trump administration’s policy of zero tolerance against migrants seeking asylum at the southern border.  The intensity of support from the broader community across Washington State was uplifting–even as the United States Government defended its policy of ripping children away from their …

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 …

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 …