Gov. Inslee at Sea-Tac Int’l Airport meeting immigrants
Photo credit: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee
– From Gov. Jay Inslee
“Washington is home to thousands of immigrants and refugees. If you or someone you know needs assistance understanding the potential impacts of these orders or are experiencing problems related to restricted travel or securing the appropriate visa or refugee documentation, the following state agencies and organizations might be able to help.”
Read more from Gov. Inslee’s Immigration and Refugee Resource Page.
– “The ACLU Supports Sanctuary Cities”
The ACLU applauds Seattle, King County, Olympia, and other jurisdictions in Washington which have made decisions to serve the needs of all people in their community without regard to immigration status. Their actions represent basic American values: a spirit of inclusiveness and respect for individual rights.
Federal law does not require cities to undertake enforcement of immigration laws, which is the responsibility of the federal government. The President does not have the legal authority to carry out his threat to unilaterally defund localities that have decided to protect all people’s rights, regardless of immigration status. The law is clear on this, and President Trump is out of line.
The ACLU will support localities in suing the federal government should it attempt to enforce President Trump’s executive order,” quoting the ACLU of Washington.
– “Creating Sanctuary Through Collective Resistance”
“Sanctuary is a collective, political project that responds to this regime’s refusal of social convention by refusing the regime itself, creating alternative spaces and practices of safety against the ongoing terror. Surviving this nightmare requires a kind of shared lucid dreaming, through which we imagine and create an alternative landscape.
Currently, sanctuary describes multiple local responses that uphold popular morality against the terror mandated by the federal government and carried out by the US Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). It includes laws passed in municipalities and campuses preventing ICE raids within their boundaries and providing resources for those fearing persecution, as well as the creation of physical refuge for those fleeing deportation in congregational buildings,” by Rachel Ida Buff, Truthout.
– “Defunding Police—How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen”
“By halting a proposed $150 million police precinct, Seattle activists have made headway in redirecting funding toward services like affordable housing and education,” by Melissa Hellmann, YES! Magazine.