Washington state Muslims lobby on drones, DREAM Act

WA-Gov-CAIRBy Venice Buhain, The Capitol Record

Muslims from around Washington gathered for the annual Muslim Lobby Day in Olympia Monday to talk to legislators about limiting drones, funding for housing and passing the DREAM Act.

About 550 people registered for the annual event, Arsalan Bukhari, a staff member for the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Washington, known as CAIR Washington. The organization advocates for Muslims and Muslim American relations.

According to CAIR Washington, the three issues are at the top of its legislative priorities this year:

  • Setting limits on drone technology, which could be used for surveillance. SB 6172 and HB 1771 address limits on drones.
  • Putting $100 million into the Washington Housing Trust Fund for low-income housing in the state.
  • Passing the Washington DREAM Act so students without immigration documentation can qualify for state financial aid. The DREAM Act has already passed in the House.

Gov. Jay Inslee addressed the group as they organized at The Olympia Center Monday morning and said he hoped that the DREAM Act of Washington would pass this year.

"This is the best day to talk about the DREAM Act, to talk about the dreams of all our students," he said. (Read more)

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