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AG Ferguson releases guidance for local governments

Attorney General Bob Ferguson released on Thursday guidance for local governments on protecting the rights of all Washington residents, and the limits of federal immigration authority.

The guidance covers local law enforcement, jails, public hospitals, schools and employers, as well as the interaction between local and federal authorities.

It also includes information on how local government should respond to federal requests for assistance with immigration enforcement.

“Recent changes in federal immigration policy and practices have caused needless fear and uncertainty in our communities,” said Ferguson. “This guidance helps local governments protect their residents and understand their obligations and their authority in this shifting landscape.”

Local entities are subject to certain requirements under the law but also retain significant discretion in many areas.

The guide is not meant to assist individuals with immigration issues.

The full guidance can be found online here.


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