Washington became the latest west coast state to declare itself a ‘Sanctuary’ for all illegal immigrants this week; joining California and Oregon that have implemented similar laws in recent years.
“Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws,” reports the Associated Press.
“The move comes as President Donald Trump’s administration has cracked down on immigration by increasing migrant detentions and attempting to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” adds the article.
The new law, local police departments and sheriffs are largely banned from asking detained individuals about their legal status in the United States. The legislation also bars prisons and other agencies from complying with federal guidelines proposed by ICE and US Border Patrol.
“Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies,” said the Governor. “We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”
Washington’s decision comes just days after the ‘Sanctuary City’ of Oakland, California declared itself largely “broke.”
The Sanctuary City of Oakland, California is now facing a massive $25 million financial gap in its operating budget for 2019; diverting emergency funds to “keep the street lights” on as resources run dry.
“At a time when Oakland is trying to cure its pothole epidemic, the city is planning to use $2.9 million in state gas tax money to keep its streetlights on, then use what it saves of its own money to stave off cuts in parks and recreation,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Though cranes are rising across the skyline and Oakland’s revenues are growing at a steady rate due to the strong real estate market, the city’s expenses continue to rise faster than revenues,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Schaaf made national headlines last year when she “tipped-off” illegal immigrants of impending ICE raids; violating federal law and prompting a fierce backlash from the Trump administration.
Read the full report at the Associated Press.