EVERETT — Demonstrators were expected to voice their opposition to perceived anti-immigrant practices Tuesday at Department of Licensing offices around the state.
Van Dinh Kuno, executive director of Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest, said the department has provided information to immigration officials. That has led to people “living in fear.”
“I have people coming to me so fearful because they suspect (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is coming out for them,” she said.
She and other supporters of immigrants rights are calling on their allies to join them in the demonstrations. Protests were planned at licensing offices in Bellingham, Everett, Moses Lake, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver and White Center.
Dinh Kuno said the activists are calling for the resignation of Department of Licensing Director Pat Kohler and an end to the practice of offering information to Homeland Security.
“We want to send a message to the DOL director that she needs to take the high road, she needs to step down,” she said.
A similar call for Kohler’s resignation was mounted earlier this year, to no avail.