Seattle Must Protect DREAMers and Their Families

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Yesterday, President Trump announced his intent to fulfill one of his most damaging campaign promises – ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ending this program would tear thousands of families apart and cause dire consequences for communities across the country. Although the White House has not yet made an official announcement ending the program, the intent of the Executive Branch is clear. The President wants to cause panic and fear in our nation’s immigrant communities. We will not let him.

As Mayor, I will continue to affirm that Seattle WILL remain a sanctuary city that will enact bold policy to protect the most vulnerable communities against discriminatory federal policy. It’s our collective responsibility to stand in solidarity with the 17,000 young DREAMers here in Washington State, as well as the 800,000 nationwide.

To protect our DREAMers, and their families, we must be more than just be a sanctuary city. We must have affordable housing, jobs, education and progressive infrastructure to ensure we all thrive.

This country was built by communities working together – people of color, women, immigrants, and refugees are the fabric of what truly makes America great. Our societal and economic success is dependent on all of us being free and given the opportunity to realize our full potential. Seattle’s prosperity should provide shared opportunity and success for everyone, no matter what your immigration status is.

We all must #DefendDACA. Seattle has a long history of standing up for the rights of all working people. We must continue to be a city that refutes the attacks on our neighbors and families by the Trump administration.

This Labor Day Weekend we reflect on the social and economic achievements of workers in this country and affirm to the 800,000 young DREAMers, and their families, that we will stand with them in the face of hate.