Murray and Cantwell: Call the President’s Bluff on Border Funding

by OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Executive Director Jorge Baron Voters, especially New American voters, turned out in record numbers in this last election to send a message to state legislatures across the country and to Congress that they should reject policies that harm immigrants and further divide our country. Yet in the remaining days …

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 …

What You Should Know about Washington’s REAL ID Compliance

[Resource links below in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese] UPDATE 3/27/2020: The Department of Homeland Security announced 3/26/2020 that enforcement of the REAL ID Act has been delayed until October 1, 2021. This is due to closures of the DOL offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.  ACTUALIZACIÓN 27/03/2020: El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional anunció el 26/03/2020 que la aplicación de la …

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 …