“The Washington State Department of Licensing released records to reporters today showing that the state responded to, and furnished records responsive to, a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about immigration activist Maru Mora Villalpando. On December 7, a DOL employee e-mailed ICE agent Timothy Black with Mora Villalpando’s driver’s license and background information. Two weeks later, Mora Villalpando, a longtime activist advocating for the rights of immigrant detainees in the Northwest Detention Center, received a deportation notice.
“…On January 11, the Seattle Times reported that the DOL has been giving ICE information on Washington residents 20 to 30 times a month. As the Timesnoted, these actions appeared to defy an executive order from [WA Governor Jay Inslee] directing state employees not to act as ICE agents. After the Seattle Times report, Inslee directed the DOL to stop turning over residents’ information to immigration officials.
“In response to the news about Mora Villalpando’s information leak, a spokesperson for Inslee said the governor had “spoken directly with ICE officials to express his extreme frustration and anger about their tactics. He made it clear that he wanted these discriminatory federal deportation efforts to stop.”
This happened in reliably Blue Washington State, which prides itself on being a so-called sanctuary state, and it is probably happening elsewhere, too.