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Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement


From Washington's Office of Attorney General:


"The United States Supreme Court recognized in Arizona v. United States, “[a]s a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain present in the United States.”
In addition, noncitizens — like other Washingtonians — are afforded certain rights by
the Washington and United States Constitutions. As explained in more detail below,
local government agencies retain significant discretion regarding whether and how to
participate in federal immigration enforcement. Local agencies nonetheless must adhere
to the requirements and prohibitions of the Washington and United States Constitutions
and federal and state laws in serving the public, regardless of whether an individual is
lawfully present in the United States."



Cochrane, J. (2018). Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement. Retrieved from


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