State and Local Policy

State and Local Policy

OneAmerica has a successful track record of actively shaping policy and educating policy makers about issues around immigrants and immigration at the local and state levels.  Locally, OneAmerica has worked to pass resolutions, ordinances and develop policies that acknowledge the rights and needs of immigrants, while at the same time opposing policies that would harm Washington’s foreign born residents.  At the State level, OneAmerica is leading the development of an immigrant integration agenda and is actively involved in analyzing and responding to policies that impact immigrant communities. 

Whether preserving the rights of all Washington residents to economic opportunity or ensuring continued funding for citizenship services and language access and acquisition programs, OneAmerica is a statewide resource for policy analysis and advocacy from the Capitol in Olympia to Yakima Valley and Spokane.

In 2015, OneAmerica will focus on legislation that seeks to redress issues of inequality due to Climate Change, pass a Washington Voting Rights Act that ensures our communities are fairly represented in local politcs, increased funding for the Washington New Americans program that provides essential citizenship services, a Dual-Language Education Bill that seeks to promote a diverse linguistic environment in Washignton's school systems, and many other pieces of legislation.

Click here to find out more about OneAmerica's 2015 agenda!

By Pavan Vangipuram
, Fri. Aug. 28 | 3:31 PM
This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that enshrines and protects one of the most fundamental rights of Americans: the right to votMore
By Pavan Vangipuram
, Mon. Aug. 17 | 6:18 PM
In America, we are proud to hold values of compassion and openness, particularly toward children and families seeking safety.More
By Pavan Vangipuram
, Tue. Aug. 11 | 10:19 PM
This post was written by OneAmerica policy associate Vy Nguyen (pictured, right)More
By Pavan Vangipuram
, Tue. Jul. 14 | 5:56 PM
Earlier this month, San Francisco authorities charged an undocumented immigrant, Juan FranMore
By Pavan Vangipuram
, Thu. Jul. 9 | 8:30 PM
Above: A state-by-state map showing unaccompanied minors released into state custody in 2014. Credit: USA Today.More

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