— from Orcas Women’s Coalition —
In line with the recommendations of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, the Immigration Rights Group, a sub-group of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), has drafted a resolution which provides guidance for San Juan County personnel regarding the gathering and distribution of immigration information and County personnel’s’ interaction with immigration authorities. The resolution details that, except where this resolution conflicts with state and federal law:
- County personnel will not ask about immigration, status, nationality or place of birth.
- County Sheriff and its officers will not be deputized to perform ICE functions.
- County personnel will not ask for documents to ascertain immigration status (ex. passports, alien registration cards, birth certificates, work permits).
- County personnel shall not provide ICE or Customs and Border Patrol access to an individual in county custody or to use county facilities, to question an individual, if the sole purpose is enforcement of federal immigration law.
The resolution has been placed in the Orcas Library for public viewing and consideration, and is viewable here on Orcas Issues, as well.
This resolution must be passed by the County Council. If, after having read the Resolution, you wish to contact the County Councilmen, their addresses follow:
Orcas Issues will inform you of Council Meetings at which your opinion may be heard and at which the County Council will consider and/or vote upon this measure.