May 22, 2019

Washington joins West Coast sanctuary states

. Jay Inslee of Washington state photographed on Monday, May 13, 2019, on Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo: Jovelle Tamayo for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Wednesday immigrants play a vital role in communities after signing into law a bill that brings in broad sanctuary protections.

Why it matters: Washington is the latest West Coast state to protect migrants' rights (California and Oregon have similar laws.). The Trump administration is targeting sanctuary cities — seeking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, increase migrant detention and make it tougher for people to seek asylum.

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