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Governor Launches New Immigrants Panel

Ruby de Luna
02/20/2008

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is scheduled to sign legislation today (Wednesday) that would create the state's first council on new immigrants. We get details from KUOW's Ruby de Luna.

TRANSCRIPT

THE IDEA FOR A SPECIAL PANEL CAME FROM HATE FREE ZONE, A SEATTLE IMMIGRANT–RIGHTS GROUP. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PRAMILA JAYAPAL SAYS RIGHT NOW SERVICES TO HELP IMMIGRANTS INTEGRATE INTO AMERICAN SOCIETY ARE INCONSISTENT. SHE POINTS OUT THAT WESTERN WASHINGTON HAS MORE PROGRAMS THAN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE WHERE NEW IMMIGRANTS ARE MOVING.

JAYAPAL: "There really isn't any integrated, sort of coordinated, comprehensive strategy to see what we have and what the gaps are.Yes, there are some excellent things going on right now—what do we need to do to enhance those, where are the gaps that we see and how do we come up with other creative strategies that not only involve state government, but also business?"

THE WASHINGTON NEW AMERICANS POLICY COUNCIL WILL WORK FOR TWO YEARS TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS. THE COUNCIL'S ROLE COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE STATE'S IMMIGRANT POPULATION IS GROWING. IN FACT, WASHINGTON STATE HAS THE TENTH LARGEST POPULATION OF FOREIGN BORN RESIDENTS PER CAPITA IN THE U.S. THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DELIVER ITS FINDINGS TO THE GOVERNOR BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR. I'M RUBY DE LUNA, KUOW NEWS.

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