The governor of Washington State, a Democrat by the name of Jay Inslee, signed an executive order that effectively blocks local law enforcement agencies from upholding federal immigration laws. The agencies will also no longer be allowed to detain illegal immigrants if the federal government requests them to.
According to Seattle PI, Governor Inslee’s executive order will make his state a “welcoming jurisdiction”, which will ignore any federal requests to crackdown on illegal immigration by following laws that are already in place.
Washington state will remain a “welcoming jurisdiction,” — despite White House promises of immigration crackdown — per an executive order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday morning.
The order spells out that state resources won’t be used to support federal immigration efforts, except where required by law.
“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 during a press briefing announcing the order. “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.”
In other words, Governor Inslee’s state will no longer uphold immigration laws that he thinks are “mean spirited”, even if the federal government requests them to uphold federal statutes related to illegal immigration.
Washington State will also direct local agencies to ignore and no longer pursue illegal immigrants who are in violation of federal laws, nor will they agree to any deals at the request of the federal government to uphold these laws.
The Supreme Court has ruled that simply being in the U.S. without documentation is not a criminal offense but a civil infraction, a fact that Inslee’s general counsel, Nick Brown, made a clear point of during the press briefing.
“Being undocumented is not a crime,” Brown said.
Inslee noted that the order only affects state agencies, so city and county law enforcement won’t be impacted. He also said the order should not be read to mean the state would break federal law.
Clearly the governor’s general counsel Nick Brown needs to brush up on his understanding of immigration laws, as although “being in the U.S. without documentation” is a civil infraction, crossing the border illegally is still a crime in which illegal immigrants are guilty of. There is a legal process for entering America, which any immigrant is free to take advantage of.
The term “undocumented person” has become a synonym for “illegal immigrant”, which was invented by the media, immigration advocates and politicians eager to distort the fact that anyone who crossed the border illegally is breaking the law. The entire point of saying “illegal immigrant” is to describe an immigrant who has not entered the country through legal channels, thus making their first action in America an illegal one.
Governor Inslee announced that he will still allow law enforcement to pursue criminal arrest warrants for illegal immigrants who have broken other laws, although he’s ignoring the law they broke when they entered the country illegally, and will honor federal arrest warrants.
“Under this executive order, we are not obviating federal law,” Inslee said. “If there is a federal criminal arrest warrant, we will honor it.”
The order asks state agencies not to collect personal information unless it is necessary to provide services and to offer services to all residents regardless of immigration status. State agencies may not participate in creating or maintaining any sort of religious registration system under the order.
President Donald Trump signed his own executive order — one of many — that threatens to pull federal funding from state and local governments that don’t play along on federal immigration policies. But Inslee said he’s not worried about those threats at this point, particularly when it comes to Medicaid funding.
“If they think they’re going to jerk the state’s Medicaid money because we won’t become mini-ICE agents, they’re wrong,” Inslee said.
Medicaid funding may be the least of Inslee’s worries, as illegal immigrants panicked by the media hysteria surrounding deportations or apprehensions are sure to flood Washington State seeking sanctuary, which could result putting an enormous strain on social programs.
Although Washington has now become the first state to officially ignore illegal immigrants, it likely won’t be the last, and they may be finding themselves facing their own “migrant crisis” as illegal’s flee states that will uphold Trump’s directives.
The word is out, if you are an illegal immigrant and in fear of being deported just make it across Washington State’s borders, and take advantage of their decision to ignore whichever laws they please.
The full executive order can be viewed below: