Lt. Governor Creates Online Portal to Assist Those Affected by Immigration Ban

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017

 

Lt. Governor Condemns Immigration Ban; Creates Online Portal to Assist Those Affected

OLYMPIA—Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib has condemned President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, formally titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” In response, the Lt. Governor has spearheaded an online portal to assist those affected by the ban.

Within the online portal, Washington residents can gain information and assistance from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, the Dept. of Homeland Security: Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice, among other national and regional entities.

Those affected by the order are asked to share their personal stories, comments, concerns, and questions with the Office of the Lt. Governor, either in person or by email or phone at ltgov@ltgov.wa.gov and 360.786.7700. The Office of the Lt. Governor will actively connect individuals in need with support.

The immigration ban, signed on Friday, Jan. 27, affects individuals from seven predominately Muslim countries—Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and Sudan—from crossing U.S. borders for 90 days, and refugees crossing U.S. borders for 120 days.

“This would have been my family,” said Habib, referencing his Iranian-American parents, who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s. “Twenty-so years ago, my father was on the road to citizenship, still a green card holder [a Lawful Permanent Resident, or LPR]. If, this past Friday, for example, he had decided to visit friends in Vancouver, B.C., he would have been barred from coming home to his family.”

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will continue to stand strong in defense of the rights of immigrants and Washington residents who are imperiled by President Trump’s policies.

“It’s inhumane,” said Habib of the executive order on immigration. “It’s counterproductive. And it’s the kind of behavior that we had committed decades ago to having learned was un-American.”

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Contact: Keeley Smith, Communications Director
360.786.7707 | keeley.smith@ltgov.wa.gov