Immigration Laws In Wash. Draws Hundreds To Olympia

Jan 27, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Immigrant rights advocates are making their voice heard in Olympia. Hundreds gathered to sway legislators on state immigration laws. Azusa Uchikura reports on Thursday’s rally in Olympia.

Pramila Jayapal: “The immigrant voice in Washington state is proud and loud."

Those are immigrant rights advocates rallying on the steps of the Washington state house. They want to convince lawmakers in Olympia to keep E-verify optional for Washington employers.

E-verify allows businesses to check whether a worker has the necessary legal documents. Critics say the federal database is flawed, and can get the wrong people kicked out of the country.

Maria Rodriguez says her father was deported last year.

“It’s a type of racial profiling," she says. "And the fact that my family was tore apart from the E-verify and my father was deported, we ended up struggling a lot financially.”

Immigrant rights advocates were also in Olympia to argue that minority voters are underrepresented in some Washington elections. They want a new law allowing them to contest election results.

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