Today, President Trump was sworn into office, and our work to advance and preserve inclusive policies and civil rights for all begins. This new administration does not share Seattle’s values and has employed divisive tactics to stoke fear and uncertainty in many Americans, particularly immigrant and refugee communities. We will not stand idly by as our neighbors, friends and family face policies that undermine their safety, security and freedom.
Seattle will maintain its commitment to being a welcoming city and continue to protect all our residents, even if it means losing federal funding. We created an Inclusive and Equitable City Cabinet to respond to new initiatives that threaten residents of Seattle and our values. We stand behind all our residents and will continue to make services and programs available to all who need them, regardless of immigration status.
Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families
Standing behind these values, today the City and partners including the Seattle Foundation held an event in support of our immigrant and refugee community at Seattle Center. More than 750 people volunteered to provide an array of free services including assistance filling out the N-400 naturalization application, legal consultations with immigration attorneys, help filling out legal forms in the event of family separation, and Mexican Consulate document services. As one volunteer said, “In this climate it’s really important for citizens to stand together and stand up for the rights of our neighbors.” The participation of volunteers and our philanthropic community is critical if these events are to continue.
The City of Seattle supports inclusion equality every day through the work of all departments. Here are just some of the ways we’re putting these values into action:
- Empowering immigrant and refugee families
- Strengthening Seattle by engaging all communities
- Building a more equitable and welcoming economy
- Promoting equity and social justice through social services investments
- Creating a more equitable community through affordable housing
- Making parks and recreation programs more accessible and equitable
- Increasing social justice through equitable development
For more information about efforts to support our immigrant and refugee community, visit the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. To report harassment or hate speech, please call the City’s new hotline at (206) 233-7100. As always, residents should call 911 in an emergency. Our Police and Fire Departments will not ask immigration status and provide service to all residents regardless of status.
Our city is stronger because of its diversity and our residents’ commitment to inclusion and equality. I thank all of you for your continued work and advocacy in making Seattle a safe, welcoming city for all.
Mayor Edward B. Murray