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What Part of “Illegal” Do You Not Understand? by The Elephant's Child

The Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, just had a hissy fit when he learned that the state’s Department of Licensing was cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  He quickly put up his own wall to block any future cooperation and protect those who are in this country illegally.

In Washington state, getting a driver’s license does not require American citizenship, but the state did record where applicants were born. The Department of Licensing was treating ICE exactly like every other law enforcement agency, providing collected information only when given a name and a specific crime being investigated.

“We have stopped releasing information relative to immigration violations, and from here forward we’re going to require a court order to do such,” said Krista Carlson, a Washington state Department of Licensing spokeswoman.

Inslee has also hired Michelle Gonzalez as a special assistant. Her job is to make sure no state agency gives ICE any information that is not specifically required by law. She’ll also comb through state records to determine if agencies are currently collecting immigration information they should not.

Some Republican lawmakers are angry. State Senator Curtis King said “This is like trying to make this a sanctuary state.” Not allowing federal agencies to go after those who are committing crimes in this state amounts to that.

Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE said that such policies may be violating federal laws against harboring illegal aliens.

“The governor is exposing Washington state to litigation, because he is picking and choosing which law enforcement agencies he is going to give information to,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “He doesn’t get to do that.”

An ICE official tells Fox News its licensing inquiries are not blanket fishing expeditions, but rather part of targeted criminal investigations going after individuals who pose a national security risk or public safety threat.


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