FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/9/2013
Seattle calls for comprehensive immigration reform
Passes one of strongest resolutions in country, urging all groups be included in reform
SEATTLE – The City Council unanimously approved a resolution today strongly supporting federal comprehensive immigration reform. Unlike similar resolutions adopted across the country, the Seattle resolution includes specific language calling for the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, the transgendered, the disabled, and women be met by a reform bill. The resolution was endorsed by members of the City’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission, the Seattle Women’s Commission, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission and the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.
“Seattle has long been home to immigrants from across the globe. We work hard to make sure immigrants are fully included in our community and in our prosperity. Congress needs to stop the delays and pass a strong, comprehensive immigration reform that meets the needs of all immigrants,” said Mayor Mike McGinn.
The resolution establishes policy priorities in support of Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform and identifies nine specific policy areas that include an accessible road map to citizenship for all individuals living in the United States, family reunification, and providing dignity to immigrants in employment and court.
“All residents benefit from the diversity and culture of immigrants; it is mutually beneficial to us all,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “Seattle is home to a vibrant immigrant community, from the active Chinatown-International District to the dynamic neighborhoods of South East Seattle. Our nation must rise up to the challenge and work together to provide a path forward so the opportunity is there to become citizens through a fair and orderly process.”
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