Commentary: Gov. Inslee should reject license bill on REAL ID

By Juan Peralez

UNIDOS of Snohomish County, a Latino advocacy organization since the 1990s sent the following Governor the following to Gov. Jay Inslee to oppose Senate Bill 5008, regarding state driver’s licenses and the federal REAL ID Act.

Gov. Inslee:

I have been a supporter since you represented my district as a U.S. congressman and of course as governor. I very much appreciate the position you have taken not to comply with the Trump administration’s executive order to ban the entrance of Muslims from some countries. I am also immensely thankful that you don’t support state, county or municipal law enforcement collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to track down and deport undocumented residents, breaking up families. I respectfully request that you consider changing your position on SB 5008 implementing the federally imposed REAL ID Act. If you oppose the passage of the bill, it would be morally consistent with your position to defend immigrant rights. The country as a whole would also suffer from the shortage of labor needed to do the work no else in this country wants to do.

Being of Mexican descent and the son of a farm-worker family I have worked with undocumented workers. The word “migra” remains in my mind so vividly. The word “migra” stands for immigration officials arriving at the field in their green cars. When someone shouted out the word “migra” everybody would run from the fields to hide. That was more than 50 years ago.

Unfortunately, undocumented workers whether in the fields, construction sites, processing plants or other factories still scurry to hide when someone shouts the infamous word “migra.” These migrants have always lived in the shadows, as they say, because they are here to work hard (sometimes 2 and 3 jobs) to support their families and stay out of trouble. Without the labor these migrants provide the U.S. economy would be in serious trouble.

My biggest concern with this legislation is that the gathering of data from undocumented residents can be used by ICE to track down, detain and deport undocumented residents. At the same time families are torn apart and more suffering is created for those that can not endure any more.

Again, I respectfully urge you to do what is morally right and continue to support and defend immigrant rights. Help these people who are living in the shadows so they can enjoy a little sun. I ask this in the name of these people who can not communicate with you to ask themselves.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Juan Peralez is president of UNIDOS of Snohomish County.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, July 22

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Scott Spahr, Generation Engineering Manager at Snohomish County PUD, points to a dial indicating 4 megawatts of power production from one of two Francis turbine units at the Henry M. Jackson Powerhouse on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, near Sultan, Washington. Some of the water that passes through units 3 and 4 — the two Francis turbines — is diverted to Lake Chaplain, which supplies water to Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Editorial: Amber King best suited for PUD’s 2nd District seat

Among three solid candidates, King’s knowledge of utilities and contracts will serve ratepayers well.

Brooks: Democrats must provide an answer to MAGA’s promises

For Democrats to succeed, they need to offer people a future of both security and progress.

Krugman: For Trump, once again, it’s carnage in America

Ignoring the clear decline in crime rates for much of the country, Trump basks in thoughts of mayhem.

Krugman: It’s not just Trump that J.D. Vance has flipped on

The GOP’s vice presidential nominee has shifted position on the white working-class folks he came from.

Comment: Blaming media a poor repsonse to political violence

Conspiracy and violent rhetoric holds no specific party identification but seeks only to distract.

Former President Donald Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event in Doral, Fla., July 9, 2024. The Biden campaign has attacked Trump’s ties to the conservative policy plan that would amass power in the executive branch, though it is not his official platform. (Scott McIntyre/The New York York Times)
Comment: Project 2025’s aim is to institutionalize Trumpism

A look at the conservative policy behind Project 2025 and the think tank that thought it up.

Vote 2024. US American presidential election 2024. Vote inscription, badge, sticker. Presidential election banner Vote 2024, poster, sign. Political election campaign symbol. Vector Illustration
Editorial: Return Wagoner and Low to 39th Disrict seats

‘Workhorse’ Republicans, both have sponsored successful solution-oriented legislation in each chamber.

A law enforcement officer surveys the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, the site of the Republican National Convention, on July 14, 2024. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)
Editorial: Weekend’s violence should steel resolve in democracy

Leaders can lower the temperature of their rhetoric. We can choose elections over violence.

A graphic show the Port of Everett boundary expansion proposed in a ballot measure to voters in the Aug. 6 primary election. (Port of Everett).
Editorial: Case made to expand Port of Everett across county

The port’s humming economic engine should be unleashed to bring jobs, opportunity to all communities.

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, July 21

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Forum: How much do we really know about ‘bus stop people’?

Our assumptions about people, often fall short of accuracy, yet we justify our divisions based on them.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.