Councilmembers M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) and Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement following the City’s announcement that it will sue the federal government over President Trump’s Executive Order targeting so-called, “Sanctuary Cities”:
“We’re all-in on this lawsuit. Make no mistake, the City of Seattle will not be coerced into allowing the Trump Administration to use local police as a federal militia. When the President and his administration target our community, they better have more than vague unconstitutional threats and fear-mongering at their back. The numbers don’t lie, as nearly one-fifth of Seattle’s population is foreign-born and, in 2014, our immigrants paid $1.7 billion in state and local taxes. Trump stands on the wrong side of history, and we know that morality, justice and the rule of law will win the day.
“As we’ve seen with Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s fight against the President’s ‘Muslim ban,’ the courts will be the front-line of resistance during the Trump administration. When the federal Executive Branch lets us down, which it has several times already, we turn to the judicial branch to preserve the constitutional principles that America was founded upon.”