I recently wrote an admitted dry, entirely neutral and innocuous, report on a decision regarding the admission of evidence in a case in which an illegal immigrant was the plaintiff. This person was paralyzed as a result of an accident caused by illegal working conditions, but apparently because his status as an illegal immigrant came out in court the jury denied him any recovery whatsoever. Judging from blind fury of the reaction to the piece, there appear to be many people for whom this topic unleashes their damaged inner-child. The idea of illegal immigrants unlocks some component of their psyche that should be kept locked. This certainly supports the view that mention of the topic can deny an illegal immigrant a fair trial.Apart from primal screams, there have been developments in regard to immigrant policy. Governor Gregoire two weeks ago signed an executive order creating Washington’s New Americans Policy Council, which is charged with helping immigrant succeed and become citizens. While this approach was not championed by those who commented, it might help with their socialization by subduing their need for therapy.
Integration of Immigrants