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Inslee limits state involvement with federal immigration services

Gov. Jay Inslee signs new state legislature that denies state agencies the authority to detain illegal aliens.

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Inslee limits state involvement with federal immigration services

Gov. Inslee (center) standing with representatives of the Washington State Patrol.

Gov. Inslee (center) standing with representatives of the Washington State Patrol.

Photo courtesy of flickr.com.

Gov. Inslee (center) standing with representatives of the Washington State Patrol.

Photo courtesy of flickr.com.

Photo courtesy of flickr.com.

Gov. Inslee (center) standing with representatives of the Washington State Patrol.

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On Feb. 23 Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a new executive order into action. The order effectively limits Washington State’s involvement in enforcing President Trump’s newest immigration policies.

“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 in a press conference Feb. 23.

The order comes after a Washington State Patrolman was brought into question after alerting Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials of an illegal alien in the state wanted on a felony warrant. Armando Chavez Corona, the alien, was deported four times from the country between 1996-2000.

“We’re not federal agents, and that’s not our role. Our role is to keep our roadways safe,” said Kyle Moore, a State Patrol spokesman.

According to the State Patrol policy in Washington, which differs from federal policies, State Patrol will not “…stop, detain, or interrogate or place an immigration hold on any person solely for the purpose of ascertaining immigration status or in any other way attempt to enforce federal immigration laws,” said the Olympian, the local newspaper for the state’s capitol.

The unnamed officer is under investigation for his actions. While he did not detain Corona, he is under inquiry for contacting immigration services.

“The State Patrol is reviewing whether the trooper followed an internal policy that limits how much troopers can do to help federal immigration officials,” the Tacoma News Tribune said on Feb. 17.

Washington State legislature dictates what state troopers can and cannot do regarding illegal aliens, and Inslee’s newest executive orders limits troopers’ roles even more.

Breitbart News reported Feb. 18 that State Patrol troopers are “…allowed to inquire about an ICE warning to obtain more information about a person’s criminal history. This action is authorized to provide the law enforcement officer with more safety information about whether he should suspect the individual may be in possession of a weapon or otherwise be dangerous.”

Republican Steve O’Ban, the Washington State Senate representative for the 28th legislative district wrote a letter to the governor where he openly criticized Inslee’s methods.

“I’m concerned that this investigation is motivated at least in part by the governor nationalizing this issue, when it shouldn’t be,” O’Ban said.

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