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Record No: Res 32005    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Passed at Full Council
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Council
On agenda: 5/3/2021
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress to enact legislation creating a roadmap to citizenship and other legislative priorities to support immigrants and refugees.
Sponsors: M. Lorena González
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress to enact legislation creating a roadmap to citizenship and other legislative priorities to support immigrants and refugees.
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WHEREAS, it has been nearly three decades since the United States Congress took meaningful action on passing critically needed reforms to our nation's immigration system, resulting in needless pain and suffering to millions of families who deal with the effects of a broken system and to the country as a whole; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle adopted Resolution 30851 in 2006, Resolution 31193 in 2010, Resolution 31490 in 2013, and Resolution 31890 in 2019 supporting Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform and fostering family unity with a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle adopted Resolution 31779 in 2017 supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and denouncing harmful federal policies and hateful rhetoric against immigrant communities; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle adopted Resolution 31730 in 2017 affirming itself as a Welcoming City that promotes programs and policies that include all, regardless of immigration status; and
WHEREAS, according to the Washington Office of Financial Management, in 2017 one in seven people living in Washington State was an immigrant, of which 48 percent were naturalized citizens, 27 percent were legal immigrants, and 25 percent were undocumented immigrants; and

WHEREAS, according to the American Community Survey, in 2019, 19 percent of Seattle residents were foreign-born, including approximately 56,311 residents who were not citizens; and
WHEREAS, according to the Center for Migration Studies, the City of Seattle is home to an estimated 22,240 people who are eligible to naturalize; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle values its ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity, which is a source of strength in Seattle and beyo...

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