Immigration Proposal Gaining Support in Washington State
For months here at the Clearinghouse Blog we've mentioned states that have taken federal inaction on immigration as impetus to pass their own bills. (Click for past immigration policy entries.) According to an article in today's Seattle Times, some in Washington would have the Evergreen State be first on the west coast to pass a sweeping immigration bill.
The proposal, Initiative 409, is championed by a coalition that includes the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. Among other measures targeting undocumented immigrants, it would mandate use of E-Verify by all employers and hold companies responsible for verifying their employee's legal status. Supporters are currently trying to collect the nearly 225,000 petition signatures necessary to force the legislature to act on the proposal.
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Its important to note that a pending federal court ruling about Oklahoma House Bill 1804, passed in 2007 but currently under injunction, may challenge the constitutionality of similar state immigration bills.