Washington U.S. Legal Presence Initiative (2010)

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The Washington U.S. Legal Presence Initiative, also known as I-506, did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Washington. The measure had been previously been filed for the 2009 ballot but failed to collect sufficient signatures. The same 2009 "Respect for Law" legislation was filed January 8, 2010.[1][2] According to state officials, no petitions were filed in an effort to qualify the measure for the 2010 ballot.

The proposed measure would have required that state and local agencies enforce federal immigration laws and verify immigration status before issuing driver's licenses and public benefits. Additionally, the measure called for "all employers would have to 'E-Verify' employees’ immigration status."[3]

Background

Ballot measure supporters attempted to place the measure on the November 2009 ballot but they were unable to collect a minimum of 241,153 signatures of registered voters by 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2009.[1] The initiative was then known as I-1043.

Text of measure

Title

The ballot title read:

Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 1056 concerns private and public enforcement of immigration laws.
Concise Description: This measure would require state and local agencies to enforce federal immigration laws and verify immigration status to issue driver’s licenses and public benefits. All employers would have to “E-Verify” employees’ immigration status.
Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Summary

According to the description prepared by the Washington Secretary of State:

This measure requires state and local agencies to assist in enforcing federal immigration laws. All private and public employers would be required to “E-Verify” immigration status of employees, subject to loss of licenses and other penalties. It would require verification of immigration status of applicants for many 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.

Path to the ballot

See also: Washington signature requirements

According to state officials, no petitions were filed in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot. In order to place the proposed measure on the 2010 ballot, organizers were required to collect a minimum of 241,153 valid signatures.

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