Washington U.S. Legal Presence Initiative I-1043 (2009)

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The Washington U.S. Legal Presence Initiative, also known as I-1043, was intended by its sponsors to qualify for the November 2009 ballot in Washington, but did not ultimately qualify. Its sponsors would have had to collect a minimum of 241,153 signatures of registered voters by 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2009 to qualify.

Ballot measure supporters plan to submit the same 2009 "Respect for Law" legislation in January 2010.[1]

I-1043, an Initiative to the People, was sponsored by Wendell L. Hannigan.

The official ballot title for I-1043 said, "Measure No. 1043 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 specified public benefits."

Ballot measure summary

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

"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 specified 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."

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