A bill by 19th District Representative Jim Walsh would remove barriers and allow for local, county and state cooperation on federal immigration enforcement efforts.
Walsh says that his bill seeks to prioritize public safety and calls support of local law enforcement and federal authorities a top priority in a growing list of necessary state government reforms.
Walsh’s bill would guarantee cooperation and communication between local and state law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.
House Bill 2226 would remove prohibitions on state agencies including the Washington State Patrol, county sheriff’s offices, municipal police departments, and others from assisting in immigration enforcement activities.
It would also eliminate the possibility of state or local entities enacting a “sanctuary policy” that would prohibit agencies to cooperate with a federal immigration agency from immigration enforcement
Funds and other resources could also be used to help.
Walsh says barring local law enforcement from otherwise reporting lawfully detained individuals places a greater emphasis on the interests of criminal aliens than citizens and legal residents.
The 60-day 2020 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 13