The petition is out and I plan on tracking one down and signing it.  I haven’t seen one yet, but from checking on Washington’s Secretary of State website, it looks like it asks a very simple question.

Initiative Measure No. 409 concerns enforcement of immigration laws.

This measure would require state and local agencies to cooperate in enforcing federal immigration laws and would require verifying immigration status of persons seeking employment, receiving driver’s licenses, and receiving some public benefits.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Obviously my answer will be yes; why else would I track down a petition?   As US citizens, I would think we should see this as a no brainer.   At the very least, we should require people to be in our country legally, before we spend our taxes on them and treat them to any of the benefits that legal citizens enjoy.   Read the Ballot measure’s summary,

This measure would require state and local government agencies to cooperate with the federal government in enforcing immigration laws. Employers would be required to verify immigration status of employees, subject to penalty. It would require verification of immigration status of applicants for some state, local and federal public benefits. Nonprofit organizations would be prohibited from offering employment services without proof of immigration status. Issuance of driver’s licenses would be prohibited without proof of immigration status.

Again, it’s simple and I would bet that a lot of people just assume this is already the way it is in our state and our nation.  Well it isn’t this way, even though most people I know think this is the right way to handle things.    In fact, some of the needed infratructure looks like it is all in place, just not being used as much as many Americans think it is.  Promoters of the initiative,  have a partially up website, RespectWashintion.us, already with links to government sites for immigration status checking. 

Besides the burden on taxpayers and the unregulated impact on our culture that massive amounts of illegal immigrants have on our nation, Mike Gleeson, in a letter to the editor brought up another good point.

Washington is one of five states that issues driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. This practice, when coupled with a completely dysfunctional verification procedure and 37 out of 39 counties using a mail in ballot system, is an incubator for voter fraud. Your vote, bestowed to only citizens of the United States, is your most cherished entitlement. Protect it!

And in the comment section he also let us know where we can find the petition.  They will have it  at Bellis Fair Mall between 1:00 and 6:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.  

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8 Responses to “I-409”

  1. David Rogers says:

    Did I-409 make it? It should have! As members of a democratic society, we are free to choose which laws we will have, but we are irresponsible and short-sighted if we think we can pick and chose (or allow our leader to pick and choose) which laws to respect and enforce.

  2. Dennis Percherke says:

    This weak, wimpish Seattle City Council needs to wake up and give
    back the power to the local and state police to verify if those
    stopped or arrested are LEGAL CITIZENS or not!!
    It’s the liberals that put American-born people out of work, not
    the Republicans so much! Dennis Percherke

  3. Dennis Percherke says:

    Immigrants coming to this country should be required within 30 DAYS
    To enroll in English language classes(they don’t have to learn right
    away!) The exceptions would be medical emergencies or religious
    I feel that ALL immigration(not just illegal) needs to be controlled.
    I take the buses in North Seattle and attend North Seattle College.
    I see so many Asian students and wonder why our country keeps
    bringing them in at the expense of American-born white and black
    students and others!
    THey also speak Asian amongst themselves and really congregate to
    their own groups!! (I am 57 years of age and born in Penna.)

  4. John says:

    America is not the U.S. learn the REAL American (The Continent) History, not the Euro-Colonizing history…

  5. W SEA says:

    Sure, Make legal citizenship simpler, but also make sure
    these people can read/write/speak English. They must want integrate into American society.

  6. Yeah I signed it. It basically is just asking for state/city compliance with existing immigration laws which I think is necessary. Personally I would like to see the path to legal citizenship simplified though.

  7. wally says:

    I did miss the last meeting, only went for the picnic and didn’t realize Mike had the petition with him. Is your name on the petition?

  8. Hey Wally,

    If you go to the WCRP Central committee meetings or a Campaign for Liberty meeting you are likely to run across Mike and he always seems to have that petition with him looking for people to sign.