In Washington State, an initiative is circulating to deny non-emergency benefits and drivers` licenses to illegal aliens. The initiative would also require employers to use E-Verify. Sadly, at their recent convention, the Republicans not only failed to support this measure, but they also recommended opposing the initiative.
Here is a story about two former immigrants , now Americans, who are circulating the petition:
Immigrants push state initiative targeting those here illegallyTwo women, both legal immigrants to the U.S., were answering questions and collecting signatures on what might seem an unlikely ballot initiative: one that would crack down on illegal immigrants living in Washington state.By Lornet Turnbull, June 13, 2010Seattle TimesLorie Graff married her American husband at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the late 1950s, before returning to Canada to apply for a green card so she could live in the U.S. legally.In the 1990s, Tiarani Samsi was able to finally follow her husband to the U.S. from Indonesia, after waiting three years for the legal papers.On Sunday, the two women â€” now both U.S. citizens and close friends â€” stood outside the entrance to the Tastin` n Racin` Festival at Lake Sammamish Park, answering questions and collecting signatures on what might seem an unlikely ballot initiative: one that would crack down on illegal immigrants living in the state."Everybody should have to follow the right path," Samsi said. "That`s only fair."[More]