McKenna on KIRO: Seattle suing over sanctuary city status

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Seattle’s lawsuit against the federal government over a federal crackdown against “sanctuary cities.” The city is seeking a declaratory order because Seattle has not yet suffered any funding consequences from the federal government. Dave Ross: “Well what is federal law? There is some confusion […]

Apple harvest workers stuck in border limbo

That a federal government computer problem is causing major headaches probably won’t surprise you, but this time it has nothing to do with Obamacare. Instead, problems with a State Department system for processing immigration visas could leave some Washington apple growers without enough pickers to harvest their 2014 crop. The problem has meant big delays […]

Many conservatives support the REAL Hope Act

Anytime a topic in Olympia involves the hot-button issue of immigration, legislators hear from passionate advocates with various views who are sure they know the best way forward. Complicating these debates over state issues involving immigration is the fact that the federal government controls overall immigration policy. Consequently, even though the state may be merely […]

Supporting a policy without paying for it is called an empty promise

Much has been made recently of the controversy in the Legislature over the DREAM Act/REAL Hope Act. This legislation will make children of illegal immigrants who grew up here in Washington eligible to apply for state need scholarships. As with many issues that involve immigration and legal status, many people have strong opinions on this […]

Immigration reform requires compromise

Immigration reform has been declared dead so many times that it’s almost dangerous to write about having hope for it, for fear of having your sanity called into question. But, it’s too important an issue for the future of our nation not to recognize when progress is made, even if others would rather try to bury that progress under […]

Republicans need to help pass comprehensive immigration reform this year

Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan are right.  The National Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Washington Business are right.  The American Farm Bureau and the Washington Growers League are right.  Republicans need to help pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Comprehensive immigration reform is backed by a broad coalition of organizations, each […]