Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed legislation Wednesday that turns the Evergreen State into a sanctuary state.
Under the new measure, state and local authorities will be barred from questioning individuals about their immigration status except in limited cases.
"Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies," said Inslee, who’s running for president. "We will not be complicit in the Trump administration's depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families."
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs sanctuary protections that restrict local authorities from asking about people’s immigration status. https://t.co/GD8TH2bVLX— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) May 23, 2019
Proponents of the new law have stated that illegal immigrant will now be more likely to report a crime. It seems only time will tell if crime rises as a result or if it falls.
Under the new Washington state law, local law enforcement agencies are broadly prohibited from asking about immigration status or place of birth unless directly connected to a criminal investigation, and both local jails and state prisons are prohibited from complying with voluntary “immigration holds” requested by federal authorities, or from notifying federal authorities when an immigrant is about to be released from their custody. (Associated Press)