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“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”    ― George Washington

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant (Free Workshops in June 2017)

National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) pledge

From Acting Highline College President Jeff Wagnitz (April 20, 2017)

Yesterday, on Highline College’s behalf, I joined with over 1,000 other educational institutions and organizations across the nation in signing the National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) pledge, reaffirming our commitment to the educational rights of immigrants and refugees. An acknowledgement from the organizers is attached. We have participated in previous NICODs in recent years.

Highline’s NICOD pledge will join Highline’s other recent statements — such as “Message to Students: We Remain Committed to You” and “Highline College President Joins Effort for Continuation of DACA” — on the college’s online resource bank for immigrants and refugees. The site includes up-to-date information, resources, referrals, and notice of upcoming events.

Supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, including the undocumented, is in keeping with our values of inclusion and equity. NICOD serves as a reminder to us about the work we do daily: offer all students a safe and welcoming environment where diversity is not only celebrated, but seen as an asset.

News of Note


Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement (April 2017) is a report released by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  The report is designed to offer "guidance seeks to answer questions local agencies— including libraries, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and schools —may have about the impacts of changes to immigration laws and their discretion regarding participation in federal immigration enforcement. Best practices that agencies can implement are included in each section.  Additional resources are identified throughout and included in the appendices.)

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Immigration 101 at the Seattle Public Library
Watch the video of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) hosting a free training for allies and service providers about recent changes to immigration policy and how one can be a better ally for immigrants in our community.
According to NWIRP, topics covered include:  details of due process rights, as well as recent developments like Trump's travel ban, and information on what you can pass on to immigrants and refugees in our community.

(Note: this presentation was done on March 2 at the Seattle Public Library.  It was a  joint presentation by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs).

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 Citizenshipworks

Free online service that helps you apply for citizenship, step-by-step. Find out about potential problems with your application and connect to the expert help you need, either online or in person. Find out what documents you need to submit, and what to expect after you apply.   (Description from Seattle Public Library)

World Refugee Day (June 20)

Letter to Highline College Students

Letter sent to Highline College Students by Jeff Wagnitz (Acting College President)
February 1, 2017

Dear Highline College students,

Understandably, in light of recent national events, some of you may be concerned about the potential impact of changes in federal immigration policy, including repeal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) executive orders.  For many, last weekend’s news served to heighten those concerns.

At this uncertain time, we want to affirm our support for all our students, their families, and communities.  South King County is home to a wide variety of languages, ethnicities, nationalities-of-origin, and faith traditions.  We believe that diversity is our region’s greatest asset.   Please consider this email as a recommitment to Highline’s values of inclusion and equity across our communities.

 In addition to reaffirming our values, we also want to provide you with information.

       The enforcement of immigration policy is the responsibility of the federal government, not campus officials.  For our students, that means:

  •        Highline’s Public Safety officers will never ask students about their immigration status or participate in any immigration enforcement actions.
  •        We will continue to protect student educational records as provided under federal privacy laws.
  •        While we cannot bar federal immigration officials from our campus, our staff will continue to require a subpoena, court  order, or other clear legal authority before releasing any student-specific data.
  •       We will continue to honor Washington state programs — such as WAFSA and HB 1079 — that govern tuition, admissions, and financial aid, as prescribed by the Legislature.

Highline College remains committed to offering all students a safe and welcoming environment.  We encourage you to report any harassment, bullying, or threats based on immigration status, religion, or national origin.  This kind of behavior is not tolerated on Highline’s campus or in our classes and is a potential violation of the Student Conduct Code or anti-harassment policy.

 In solidarity, Highline College is proud to join a national movement of colleges and universities that stand opposed to changes in immigration policy that could threaten members of our student body.   We also continue to engage with local organizations that provide immigration-related services in our community.

While we continue to monitor local, state, and national policy, we will do our best to answer questions that you may have about how changes in immigration policy may affect you or your family’s educational plans.  To that end, we are working to develop a resource bank with up-to-date information, resources, and referrals on these matters.  It can be found at libguides.highline.edu/immigrationresource.

 Jeff Wagnitz
Highline College Acting President

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From the Washington State Governor's Office (Feb. 23, 2017)

Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order on February 23, 2017 affirming and clarifying Washington state’s policies for state agencies who provide services to immigrant Washingtonians.

According to the Seattle Times article (Feb. 23, 2017)
"Inslee signs order limiting Washington state’s help in enforcing Trump’s immigration policies"  the executive order in part

"directs state agencies to refrain from inquiring about a person’s immigration status for the sole purpose of determining whether someone has complied with immigration laws, such as those related to work permits or alien registration.

"The order maintains the State Patrol’s existing policy of not stopping, detaining or interrogating people solely to determine their immigration status, said Kyle Moore, State Patrol spokesman.

"Likewise, state agencies under the order are not allowed to aid or enforce any federal program to register people on their basis of religion. That part takes aim at the prospect at a national Muslim registry, which some Trump supporters have suggested.

"The order also bars state agencies from discriminating against people based on national origin. And it says agencies cannot refuse services to people because of their immigration status, except as required by state or federal law."

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