The Senate bill 6030 plans to make immigrant communities less safe, silence immigrant survivors, and push them further into the shadows. Immigrant survivors need access to justice and to reach out for support when they experience violence and discrimination. This access will effectively be blocked when the fear of removal from the U. S. is stronger.
Specifically, our member programs have seen ICE and CBP presence at local courthouses throughout the state have a chilling effect on immigrant survivors of sexual and domestic violence. These survivors need protection orders and other court resources.
Because of this, we support the advocacy of the Washington Defender Association with the Washington State Supreme Court to issue a court rule and amend the Rules of Professional Conduct,provide legal basis to sanction against state actors who participate in ICE/CBP courthouse enforcement actions, and strengthen federal court legal actions to challenge ICE/CBP courthouse enforcement. We applaud the recent lawsuit by our state Attorney General to address this issue. No one should be deported or arrested for seeking safety from violence.
Let's continue Washington's momentum to create a safer state for immigrants and refugees and encourage our communities to continue to build onto existing protections and to center immigrant communities in creating solutions for access and safety.
WCSAP holds that if immigrant communities are safer, we are all safer.