The Orcas Women’s Coalition’s Immigrants’ Rights Group has managed to accomplish a lot in the first 100 days of Trump’s administration.  Their latest accomplishment is the creation of a new resolution—that will soon be submitted to the county council for their vote.  You can read the 2017 resolution in full here:  2017 Tolerance Resolution


There are four main ways that the 2017 resolution expands on the 2014 resolution:

  1. County personnel will not ask about immigration status, nationality or place of birth.

  2. County Sheriff and its officers will not be deputized to perform ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) functions.

  3. County personnel will not ask for documents to ascertain immigration status (ex. passports, alien registration cards, birth certificates, work permits).

  4. County personnel will not provide ICE or Customs and Border Patrol access to an individual in county custody or to use county facilities, to question an individual, if the sole purpose is enforcement of federal immigration law.


The 2014 resolution protected the county from being sued.  The 2017 resolution still protects the county, but also protects the county residents and the county values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness.


Please support the new resolution by attending the county council meeting -- once we have a date on their calendar we will let you know!  We’re hoping for early May.  In the meantime, you can email, snail mail, and call your council members to support the resolution at:   

Bill Watson, District #1, billw@sanjuanco.com 360-370-7473

Rick Hughes, District #2, rickh@sanjuanco.com 360-472-0253

Jamie Stephens, District #3, jamies@sanjuanco.com 360-378-2898

Mailing Address

350 Court Street

No. 1

Friday Harbor, WA 98250


You can also read these two hot immigration documents:

  1. The Executive Order that Governor Jay Inslee created here that inspired our new 2017 resolution.  Reaffirming Washington’s Commitment to Tolerance, Diversity, and Inclusiveness. http://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/exe_order/eo_17-01.pdf

  2. The existing 2014 resolution here. A Resolution Adopting A Policy Regarding How San Juan County Will Honor Immigration Hold Requests From The United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  http://www.sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/2982  

More to come once we have the latest updates!  You can check here in the meantime to see dates for County Council meetings—we will be at one of them:  http://www.sanjuanco.com/calendar.aspx?CID=0&Keywords=&startDate=&enddate=&