OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate passed a bill Tuesday adding citizenship or immigration status to the “law against discrimination,” with 29 in favor and 20 opposed.

The law currently prohibits discrimination against individuals based on race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.

The bill does not differentiate immigration or citizenship status from the areas in which groups are protected from discrimination. These areas include the right to employment, real estate transactions, credit transactions, and insurance transactions.

Prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5165, Sen. Rebecca Saldaña D- Seattle, proposed an amendment to the bill, which passed. The amendment changed the wording from “required” to “authorized” in regards to federal or state law, regulation, or government contract that creates an exemption to the bill, a small clarification. This clarifies that immigrants or noncitizens may be denied certain things when authorized by federal law- not required.

Senator Doug Ericksen, R- Ferndale, proposed an amendment that did not pass, requiring all employers with more than 15 employees to enroll in the federal work authorization program “e-verify,” that verifies if employees are legally eligible to work in the United States. Ericksen’s amendment failed due to concern over the fact it would drastically increase to number of businesses required to verify if their employees are authorized to work in the U.S. Currently, businesses are only required to use e-verify on the federal level with no Washington state laws requiring verification.

The bill does give precedent to federal regulations based on immigration and citizenship status. This means that federal prohibitions on hiring illegal immigrants and similar laws still apply but under the proposed bill it would be illegal to discriminate against illegal immigrants if they are otherwise engaging in lawful behavior.

Senator Maureen Walsh, R- Walla Walla, spoke in opposition to the bill saying “you can’t legislate discrimination.” She, along with every other Republican senator, voted against the bill.

The bill moves to House of Representatives and is not yet scheduled for a committee hearing.

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The border patrol, DHS, ICE our military have all endorsed the wall numerous

times almost nightly However, immigration experts Nancy Pelosi & Chuck

Schumer disagree, saying the wall won't work and they also have zero ideas.

I'll go with the opinions of the men & women who work the border daily not

the open borders crowd. Barrack Obama’s own border patrol chief, Mark

Morgan, has repeatedly stated that walls work. They free up resources to

focus on the points of entrances so they can detect more contraband and


Democrats fear only one thing more than the wall, that is the wall working. So

far in San Diego CA, Yuma AZ & El Paso TX where there were major problems

with illegal crossings before; have now all but vanished. Most of the American

people don't know this, but Democrats do know. They know the wall will work.

More caravans on the way. The current migration at our border is costing U.S

taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they

sure don't stay in Mexico when they reach "safety" or ask or offered political

asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they

make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax

dollars. Notice how many of the migrants have made the long difficult journey

to our country 8-9 months pregnant? Why would they do that? Give birth on

American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you're

child but will also give you state government assistance.

Democrats/ Socialists (they're the same except in name) programs like

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Temporary Protective Status,

(TPS.) are permanent programs;There is nothing "temporary" or "deferred"

about these programs. They are designed to get refugees into the country,

(usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here using

the charge of racism/guilt/religion to anyone opposed (simple formula, works


To Democrats U.S. citizens are acceptable collateral damage to their future

long range goals of flooding the country and taxpayers paying the bill.

Democrat politicians and their voters have put families at risk of being

victimized by illegal aliens as in the cases Kate Steinly (nothing done) then....

Mollie Tibbetts, (nothing done) and now, Police Cpl. Ronil Singh nothing will

be done...who's next?




Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

*Debating DACA in congress is costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Thank the parents and Barrack Obama.

*Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual education, instructors, & day care. School class size is negatively impacted by illegal aliens our students suffer.

*Taxpayers are funding "in state college tuition" discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

*About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, and more than 90 percent of those are in the United States illegally. This does not include local jails and State Prisons.At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate in Prison U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system.

* Emergency services for city & states increase with illegal immigration (sanctuary cities). Taxpayer pay for every Police, Fire, Paramedic service call to illegal aliens in their city's. Taxpayers pay for all Hospital emergency room treatments, ambulances for illegal aliens. Wait times for citizens are negatively impacted at Hospitals because of illegal aliens.

*Every child birth by illegal aliens in the United States are all paid with our tax dollars. The cost of having a baby isn't cheap. In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)

*$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches.



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