Illegal Immigration Crackdown Could be Headed for Washington
Yakima, WA--Just two weeks ago we saw the kind of emotion the immigration debate can bring up. The reaction to Arizona's new immigration law drew thousands to the streets of Yakima, and some to the legislative desks.
Craig Keller is a volunteer with Respectwashington.us. Their goal is to get initiative I-1056 on the November ballot. They need 241,153 signatures by July 2nd. This is their third time trying. Keller says, "We're encouraged by the heightened public awareness given the passage of a better law in Arizona."
Initiative I-1056 has four main points:
-Require all employers to verify and employee's legal status through the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify online program.
-Require department of licensing to verify legal status before giving out tax-payer funded benefits such as in-state tuition for colleges and universities, and unemployment.
-Require Washington Department of licensing to verify legal status before giving out driver licenses.
-Require employees in the public sector to alert law enforcement if they come across illegal immigrants.
26,000 of the I-1056 petitions are going out with the Yakima Herald on Monday.
And on Tuesday morning at 8, city council is holding a study session on making E-verify mandatory in Yakima. That session is open to the public.