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Record No: Res 31775    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 10/3/2017
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION strengthening public safety by affirming the City's support for immigrant and refugee witnesses, survivors, and victims of crime.
Sponsors: M. Lorena González
Supporting documents: 1. Proposed Substitute (added; 10/2/17), 2. Summary and Fiscal Note
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION strengthening public safety by affirming the City's support for immigrant and refugee witnesses, survivors, and victims of crime.
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WHEREAS, immigrants and refugees continue to make Seattle their home, and as of 2014, 18 percent of Seattle residents are foreign-born, coming from countries all over the world; and
WHEREAS, immigrants and refugees enrich Seattle with language and culture and are an essential part of Seattle's social and economic fabric; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle adopted Resolution 30355 in 2001 and Resolution 30796 in 2005, to honor the immigrant and refugee community and support the development of an action plan to identify and address issues facing Seattle's immigrant communities; and
WHEREAS, Resolution 31730, adopted in 2016, affirmed The City of Seattle as a Welcoming City, whose leaders are called upon to promote policies and programs that foster inclusion for all and reaffirms the City's continued commitment to advocate and support the well-being of all residents, condemning the harmful anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric of the 2016 Presidential campaign, and the current Presidential administration; and
WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump, through Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, the proposed federal 2017 RAISE ACT seeking to limit legal immigration, the proposed "border wall" between the U.S. and Mexico, and the threats to withhold federal resources from "sanctuary cities," advances policies that threaten the safety and security of documented and undocumented immigrants and refugees and sow a climate of chaos, uncertainty, and distrust in communities standing with immigrants and refugees; and
WHEREAS, President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' anti-immigrant rhetoric has led to a "chilling effect" where immigrants and refugee...

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