Today, Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement in response to a controversial report published by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on outcomes from declined detainer requests:
“The Trump administration is pressuring communities across the country to ignore the constitutional and civil rights of our most vulnerable residents. The City of Seattle joins with King County and other municipalities across the U.S. in refusing to yield to this bullying. Seattle remains unmoved in our conviction and will remain a Welcoming City both in words and in action.
“Studies sponsored by both liberal and conservative organizations reveal that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes and immigrants have no effect on crime rates. Additional findings show that municipalities with ‘don’t ask’ or ‘sanctuary’ policies have less crime and are more economically successful than municipalities without these policies. We know being an inclusive, Welcoming City is good for our economy and our community.”