November 24, 2014
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Obama announces immigration plan to halt deportations for five million



President Barack Obama announced his immigration plan last week, unveiling executive action to halt deportations for almost five million undocumented immigrants. In a primetime speech, Obama said he would beef up border security, shift immigration enforcement from illegal immigrants to criminals, and he would suspend the threat of deportations for millions.

McClatchy reports that Obama’s actions will temporarily protect about 4.1 million who will be allowed to apply for work permits, provided they can pass a background check and pay fees. It will also protect 270,000 who were brought to America illegally as children.

Washington has 230,000 unauthorized immigrants, according to 2012 figures compiled by Pew Research. While that’s 3.3 percent of the state’s population, they make up 4.9 percent of the workforce. Of students in Washington’s K-12 public schools, 7.1 percent have at least one parent who is in the country illegally.

AWB is part of a wide coalition supporting comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform, but through congressional, not executive action. Congress needs to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

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Actually, AWB supports tax incentive review


A recent commentary on policies addressing business tax incentives took out of context comments made by one of our local representatives on tax and fiscal policy, Ron Bueing.

AWB has been clear over the years; we firmly believe tax incentives should be fully and thoughtfully reviewed on a set timeline to ensure they are serving the purposes for which they were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

And, it should also be noted there is bipartisan agreement in the Legislature that supports our position.


READ MORE: Click here for the full blog post at Olympia Business Watch
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