What the news release does not indicate is that part of the credit should be going to La Raza. La Raza was also part of the law suite with the ACLU. The stronger wording will enhance the Initiative.
My thanks to the ACLU, La Raza, the Thurston County Judge and also the Washington State Attorney General for all of their continuing efforts. A stronger initiative wording is a clearer initiative wording.
Leon Donahue, Secretary Respect Washington
Phone: (206) 935-3505
PO Box 65488, University Place, WA 98464-1488
March 2, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACLU suggestions adopted for New-Improved “Respect for Law” Ballot Title
Today the Washington State Secretary of State issued a revised Ballot Title for Initiative to the People No. 1043. (pdf of AG’s advisory to SS attached)
To improve understanding by petition signers and voters come the November 3rd General Election, the ACLU challenged the Attorney General’s original ballot title composition. The improved wording now reads:
Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 1043 concerns public and private enforcement of immigration laws.
Concise Description: This measure would require state and local agencies to enforce federal immigration laws and verify immigration status to issue driver’s licenses and public benefits. All employers would have to “E-Verify” employees’ immigration status.
Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]
BALLOT MEASURE SUMMARY
This measure requires state and local agencies to assist in enforcing federal immigration laws. All private and public employers would be required to “E-Verify” immigration status of employees, subject to loss of licenses and other penalties. It would require verification of immigration status of applicants for many public benefits. Nonprofit organizations would be prohibited from offering employment services without proof of immigration status. Issuance of driver’s licenses would be prohibited without proof of immigration status.
I-1043 legislation differs only slighty from that also filed by Respect Washington in 2008 as I-409.
Refinement from I-409 include the requirement that Department of Licensing allow the Tribal Identification Card as an acceptable form of photo ID in drivers license applications. Also, the expiry of the Washington State Drivers Licenses must occur no later than the expiry date of any alien VISA. The need for stricter care by DoL’s was brought to light after it was learned that many of the 9-11 bombers traveled on valid state-issued drivers licenses even after their VISA’s had expired.
The four major pillars of I-409 remain in I-1043:
1. Empowerment all public employees to cooperate with Federal immigration authorities despite obstructionist “sanctuary city” polices in some local jurisdictions.
2. Empowerment of all employers (public, private and union halls) to verify work authorization through the US Government’s E-Verify online program. Over 100,000 US employers now participate in E-verify as their protection against the presentation of false identification documents. Since the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Amnesty ALL employers have been required to collect this same information on paper Form I-9. (“E-verify” is a taxpayer-funded Social Security Number verification tool of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services branch of the Department of Homeland Security which every employer is today encouraged to voluntarily use without charge. See www.uscis.gov)
3. Mandate to local government to verify legal presence through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program (similar to E-verify) prior to the gifting of taxpayer-funded benefits. Such public benefits would include tax rebates proposed by Governor Gregoire, lottery winnings and university education dollar grants to illegal aliens.
4. Mandate to Wash. St. Dept. of Licensing to verify legal presence through SAVE prior to driver’s license issuance. (After the Democrat-controlled Oregon Legislature and Governor outlawed issuance to undocumented aliens in 2008, Washington State remains one of the few states that still abets the presence of illegal aliens be issuing them drivers licenses.)
I-1043’s citizen sponsor is Mr. Wendell Hannigan who is a leader in the effort to restore law and order on the Yakama Reservation. In recent years Yakama Nation lands have become plagued with crime surrounding the drug trade. Mr. Hannigan expressed relief that, as of today, citizens of Washington State have a weapon in the I-1043 signature petition to fight the growing corruption.
“A combination of corrupt, willfully-ignorant and unwitting employment of illegal aliens has ballooned the population of illegal aliens inside the United States to a level where corruption has become institutionalized for pure profit and political power.”
“If we are a nation without laws, then we are a nation in chaos. Under the current chaos all future generations will suffer an environment of Third World corruption as is now murdering thousands annually in Mexico.”
Respect Washington’s goals for I-1043 are:
1. Reduce political party and government corruption now exploding under a racist spoils system.
2. Reduce the Washington State Budget Deficit by over $600 Million now taken from law-abidding taxpayers annually to subsidize that illegal presence of aliens and employers who prey upon their slave labor.
3. Protect the jobs of lawfully-present American workers.
4. Reduce mounting gang and drug violence that flourishes in partnership with human smuggling.
5. Improve educational opportunities for all citizens and lawfully-present aliens enrolled in Washington State public schools.
6. Improve the social safety net for all citizens and lawfully-present aliens.
To earn a place on the statewide November ballot I-1043 supporters must collect 241,153 signatures by July 3rd, 2009.
Signature petitions may be downloaded from or ordered through www.RespectWashington.us