Jay Inslee on Immigration
Democratic WA Governor; Former Rep/ (WA-1); withdrew from Presidential primary Aug. 2019
I'm proud to be first governor to accept Syrian refugees
We have to make America what it's always been, a place of refuge. We got to boost the number of people we accept. I'm proud of being the first governor saying send us your Syrian refugees. I'm proud to have been the first governor to stand up against
Donald Trump's Muslim ban. I'm proud to have sued him 21 times and beat him 21 times in a row.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)
, Jul 31, 2019
No additional funding for Southern Border wall
Jay Inslee on The Wall: Don't support additional wall funding.
FOUR CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Kamala Harris;
Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren.
Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues"
, Jul 17, 2019
First governor to oppose Trump's heinous Muslim ban
Q: What would you do on day one on immigration? What will you do with the families that will be here?
INSLEE: There is no reason for the detention and separation of these children. They should be released, pending their hearings, and they should have
a hearing and the law should be followed. That's what should happen. And we should do what we're doing in Washington state. I'm proud that we've passed a law that prevents local law enforcement from being turned into mini-ICE agents.
I'm proud to have been the first governor to stand up against Donald Trump's heinous Muslim ban. I'm proud to be a person who's not only talked about DREAMers, but being one of the first to make sure that they get a college education,
so that they can realize their dreams. These are some of the most inspirational people in our state. We welcome refugees into our state. We recognize diversity as a strength. This is how we've built America.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami)
, Jun 26, 2019
More hearing officers to process asylum cases
We've got to make the asylum process work. We have to have more channels, more hearing officers to simply be able to process these cases. You don't change the law just because you've got more cases in the federal court system or get rid of judges.
We need more processing facilities to help these folks. And yes, while they're waiting for their asylum hearings, we're welcoming them to the state of Washington because we have found these folks frequently become pillars of our community.
We should give the 11 million plus that are our neighbors, that are working, some of the hardest working people in the country, we need to give them a path to citizenship. We need to protect our "Dreamers." These people are in our universities.
They're going to be engineers. They're going to be businesspeople. We've got to have an American style of acceptance of refugees because we're a humane nation. We've got to have a humane policy.
Source: Meet the Press 2019 interview of 2020 presidential hopefuls
, Apr 14, 2019
Against Muslim ban; not afraid of diversity
We are not afraid of diversity in the state of Washington. We relish it. It is the basis of our economic and cultural success. We're built as a state of immigrants. We've welcomed refugees, as we did the Vietnamese refugees, with a Republican governor
back in the day. I was the first governor to say that our state was willing to take Syrian refugees. That's why I was the first governor to come out against the Muslim ban. That's why we've sued Donald Trump and won 18 times in a row.
Source: Meet the Press 2019 interview of 2020 presidential hopefuls
, Apr 14, 2019
Illegal immigration not a national emergency
We do not have a national security emergency. Donald Trump has a political emergency. He was unable to get Mexico to pay for his wall. He does not have the support of either party and the entire U.S. Congress on a bipartisan basis have told him his
wall is a colossal mistake. He ought to be responding to real emergencies like the forest fires. Climate change is burning down our forests. That's an emergency where we ought to have the help of the federal government. We don't have it.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2019 interviews: 2020 Democratic primary
, Feb 24, 2019
Choose greatness instead of stoking fear among immigrants
Responding to President Trump's call to "choose greatness," Washington state Governor and potential 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee said
Trump should take his own advice--and choose greatness instead of "pursuing policies that stoke fear in communities and families across the nation."
Source: 2019 State of the Union: 2020 presidential hopefuls comments
, Feb 6, 2019
Scholarships for DREAMers
Let's continue our bipartisan legacy of helping Dreamers fulfill their potential. This is a time of great uncertainty and fear for our Dreamers and their families.
Let's pass legislation now to ensure the availability of College Bound scholarships for Dreamers, even if the federal government fails to renew their deferred-action status.
Source: 2018 Washington State of the State address
, Jan 9, 2018
Stand up proudly for DREAMers
We will not turn our back on the progress we have made.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Washington Legislature
, Jan 11, 2017
- Our commitment to equal rights and human dignity will not be diminished.
- Washington will remain a place where no one can be discriminated against because of the color of their skin,
their country of origin, how they worship or who they love.
- Washington will remain a place where women have access to the full range of health care and family planning services they need, a place where we continue to fight for equal pay and equal
- Washington will stand up proudly for DREAMers and for those who come here in search of safety and refuge. We will stand strong against anyone who would rob hardworking young Washingtonians of the promise of a college degree or a chance
at a decent job.
- Washington's businesses and government will remain leaders and innovators in combating the devastating threats from carbon pollution, the scourge of climate change and ocean acidification.
Washington state welcomes Syrian refugees
Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state will welcome Syrian refugees.
In a statement, Inslee also criticized other governors who have threatened to stop accepting refugees.
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis
, Nov 16, 2015
Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border.
Within 18 months, achieves operational control over U.S. land and maritime borders, including:
Defines "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful U.S. entries, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, narcotics, and other contraband.
- systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology; and
- physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry
Proponents support voting YES because:
It is obvious there is no more defining issue in our Nation today than stopping illegal immigration. The most basic obligation of any government is to secure the Nation's borders. One issue in which there appears to be a consensus between the Senate and the House is on the issue of building a secure fence. So rather than wait until comprehensive legislation is enacted, we should move forward on targeted legislation which is effective and meaningful. The legislation today provides over 700 miles of
two-layered reinforced fencing, and for the rest of the border provides a virtual fence, via integrated surveillance technology.
Opponents support voting NO because:
Just to build the fence is going to cost us at least $7 billion. Where is the money coming from to pay for it? How much is it going to cost to maintain this 700-mile fence? Who is going to do it? This bill contains no funding.
This bill also ignores real enforcement measures, like hiring more Border Patrol personnel, and instead builds a Berlin Wall on our southern border. So long as employers need workers in this country, and while our immigration systems impede rather than facilitate timely access of willing workers to those opportunities, undocumented immigration will never be controlled.
Walls, barriers, and military patrols will only force those immigrants to utilize ever more dangerous routes and increase the number of people who die in search of an opportunity to feed and clothe their families.
Reference: Secure Fence Act;
Bill H R 6061
; vote number 2006-446
on Sep 14, 2006
Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project.
Voting YES on this amendment supports the Minuteman Project, a group of volunteers who have taken on surveillance of the Mexican border for illegal immigrants. The amendment states that US funds will not be used to tell the Mexican government about the whereabouts of the Minuteman Project volunteers. Proponents of the Minuteman Project say that they are volunteer citizens doing what the federal government SHOULD be doing, but has failed to do. Opponents of the Minuteman Project say that they are vigilantes at best and anti-Mexican racists at worst. The amendment states:
None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide a foreign government information relating to the activities of an organized volunteer civilian action group, operating in the State of California, Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona, unless required by international treaty.
The amendment's sponsor said on its behalf:
Reference: Department of Homeland Security appropriations;
Bill HR 5441 Amendment 968
; vote number 2006-224
on Jun 6, 2006
- What this amendment does is it clarifies Congress' position on a Border Patrol
practice or a practice of the US Government that tips off illegal immigrants as to where citizen patrols may be located.
- As a response to the lawlessness along the Mexican border, a group has sprung up called the Minutemen Project, and the Minutemen Project is definitely not politically correct in Washington DC. However, they filled a void which the government was unable to fill.
- There are over 7,000 volunteers in the Minutemen organization, and their help has been productive and good.
- What my amendment does is simply says that the U.S. Government cannot tip off the Mexican officials as to where these folks are located. Plain and simple, nothing fancy about it. I am sure the Border Patrol will say, oh, no, we are not doing that, and yet one of the Web pages of the Secretary of Mexico had the information very explicit, and we just do not believe that is a good practice.
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment.
Vote to pass the bill that would require hospitals to gather and report information on possible illegal aliens before hospitals can be reimbursed for treating them. The bill would also make employers liable for the reimbursements if an undocumented employee seeks medical attention, unless the employer meets particular conditions for exemption. The bill would specify that hospitals aren't required to provide care to undocumented aliens if they can be transported to their home country without a significant chance of worsening their condition.
Reference: Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments;
Bill HR 3722
; vote number 2004-182
on May 20, 2004
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules.
Vote on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend by four months a law allowing some immigrants to remain in the country while pursuing legal residency.
Reference: Motion sponsoerd by Gekas, R-PA;
; vote number 2001-127
on May 21, 2001
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration.
Inslee scores 0% by FAIR on immigration issues
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, non-profit, public interest membership organization of concerned citizens united by their belief in the need for immigration reform. Founded in 1979, FAIR believes that the U.S. can and must have an immigration policy that is non-discriminatory and designed to serve the environmental, economic, and social needs of our country.
FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interestómore traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.
With more than 70,000 members nationwide, FAIR is a non-partisan group whose membership runs the gamut from liberal to conservative.
The ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: FAIR website 03n-FAIR on Dec 31, 2003
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance.
Inslee scores 0% by USBC on immigration issues
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2005-2006 USBC scores as follows:
About USBC (from their website, www.usbc.org):
- 0%-30%: open-border stance (approx. 197 members)
- 30%-70%: mixed record on open borders (approx. 70 members)
- 70%-100%: sealed-border stance (approx. 202 members)
U.S. Border Control, founded in 1988, is a non-profit, tax-exempt, citizen's lobby. USBC is dedicated to ending illegal immigration by securing our nation's borders and reforming our immigration policies. USBC [works with] Congressmen to stop amnesty; seal our borders against terrorism and illegal immigration; and, preserve our nation's language, culture and American way of life for future generations.
Our organization accepts no financial support from any branch of government. All our support comes from concerned citizens who appreciate the work we are doing to seal our borders against drugs, disease, illegal migration and terrorism and wish to preserve our nation's language, culture and heritage for the next generations.
Source: USBC website 06n-USBC on Dec 31, 2006
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