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Inslee signs executive order protecting rights, services for Washingtonian immigrants

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he has signed an executive order to ensure that state workers don't help carry out President Donald Trump's "mean spirited" immigration policies.
    
Trump has said he wants to expand the number of deportations of people in the country illegally.
    
Inslee said Thursday his order reaffirms the state's commitment to tolerance and ensures that state workers roles are to provide services for residents and not to enforce immigration statutes.
    
Inslee has been a vocal opponent of Trump and supported the lawsuit filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson that led to a judge temporarily halting the president's travel ban aimed at immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

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WASHINGTON - Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order today affirming and clarifying Washington state’s policies for state agencies who provide services to immigrant Washingtonians.

“Washington has always been and will always remain a place that welcomes and embraces people of all faiths, all nationalities and all orientations,” Inslee said. “This executive order makes clear that Washington will not be a willing participant in promoting or carrying out mean-spirited policies that break up families and compromise our national security and community safety.”

Inslee signed Executive Order 17–1 Thursday morning alongside a crowd of Washington state-elected officials.

For the rest of the story and additional photos visit the governor’s Medium page: [LINK]

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