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Jay Inslee on Immigration

Democratic WA Governor; Former Rep/ (WA-1); withdrew from Presidential primary Aug. 2019

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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):

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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