The governor of Washington, Jay Inslee (D), just signed an executive order blocking ICE from detaining undocumented immigrants. Inslee hopes that this order will prevent government agencies from discriminated against or refusing service to any of the state’s illegal residents. Thehill reports:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday signed an executive order blocking state law enforcement agencies from detaining undocumented immigrants at the request of federal officials, days after the Trump administration began ramping up immigration enforcement actions. Inslee’s order prevents state agencies from discriminating against or refusing service to those in living the country illegally. It also blocks those agencies from spending state resources to create or enforce a registry of citizens on the basis of religious affiliation. The order blocks the Washington State Patrol and the state Department of Corrections from detaining anyone solely on the basis of immigration status.
“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, importantly, our community safety,” Inslee said at a press conference Thursday.