“Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday. “We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”
So Inslee said as he signed a law making Washington an official sanctuary state, where law enforcement officials will be barred from asking people about their immigration status. The move puts Washington right in line with the rest of the West Coast, making them, Oregon, and California the perfect places for the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens streaming across our border annually.
From Fox News:
Under the new rules, police officers will not be able to ask about someone’s immigration status except in limited circumstances. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be tasked with drawing up rules for courthouses, hospitals and government-run facilities where federal immigration officials look for illegal immigrants.
Republican state Sen. Phil Fortunato said the law impedes police efforts to deal with people living in the country illegally.
“This not only puts law enforcement at risk, it puts private citizens at risk,” he said.
The bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Lisa Wellman, voiced concerns for sectors that have relied primarily on immigrant labor, such as agriculture hospitality and technology.
“We have 30 percent of Microsoft here on visas,” Wellman, a Democrat, said before a public hearing for the bill in the state Legislature earlier this year. “You can’t open a hotel if you don’t have immigrants in back-of-house.”
Um, why would Wellman’s concerns matter? It is perfectly legal for immigrants with working visas to be in the U.S. There is no threat of deportation (unless of course they violate the terms of their stay).
But what else is new? The Democrats love to conflate legal immigrants and illegal ones. They thrive on blurring those lines. Oh, Trump called them “animals.” (No, he was talking about MS-13 gang members). Oh, Trump called them “rapists.” (No, he was talking about the ones who rape people). Oh, immigrants don’t commit crimes. (Except the ones who do). On and on it goes until they get what they want, which is for Americans to start hearing the very term “illegal immigrant” as a racial slur. And they are pretty much there already.
Part of us feel like, you know, if these states want to destroy themselves, let them go for it. The problem is, as we’ve seen so many times before, that once these balls start rolling, it’s only a matter of time before we get some Supreme Court decision saying it’s now the law of the land. God help us if that’s the direction we’re headed for now.