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

As of July 1, the Washington Department of Licensing has begun issuing driver licenses and IDs that comply with federal REAL ID Act requirements. For now, the only change Washington residents will notice is that newly issued Standard Driver Licenses and IDs will have the marking “Federal Limits Apply.” This new marking will have no impact until October of 2020. …

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 …