I just received an email from Olympia City Council member Jessica Bateman regarding the Sanctuary City Resolution that I and many have pushed for since what’s-his-name got himself elected. An excerpt:
The Sanctuary City Resolution has been placed on the agenda for next Tuesday 12/13. General government will review the resolution today at 3pm and pending discussion and committee approval, it will go to the full council next week. You can view the agenda and meeting details at the link below.Thank you for your interest and advocacy and pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in attending the council meeting next week.
So to everyone who sent an email to council, whether you copied the one I drafted, or sent your own – THANK YOU. We need to keep up the pressure to ensure more rights are maintained – ESPECIALLY the right to protest and voice our dissent.
Below is the text of the resolution, you can also view the pdf here.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, DECLARING THE CITY OF OLYMPIA A SANCTUARY CITY
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia is a welcoming city that serves and protects its residents regardless of their immigration status; and
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia is a city of peace where those who are politically persecuted can find safe haven and sanctuary, with a history of supporting immigrant rights including refugees; and
WHEREAS, in the City Olympia all people, including immigrants, are respected and valued and are vital to our shared prosperity; and
WHEREAS, immigration has been a cornerstone of our city, region, state and nation’s development throughout our history; and
WHEREAS, Washingtonls population grew by fofi thousand (40,000) unauthorized residents between 2009 and 20t4, making our state one of just six in the country with a growing unauthorized population; and
WHEREAS, Washington is the nation’s eighth largest refugee-receiving state; and
WHEREAS, one hundred thousand (100,000) Muslim residents are proud to call Washington their home and live peacefully as our neighbors, colleagues and friends; and
WHEREAS, more than twenty-eight thousand (28,000) unauthorized youth in Washington received temporary status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program/ and they deserve an opportunity to have a bright future and to contribute their time and talent to make Olympia a city of innovation and growth;
NOW THEREFORE, THE OLYMPIA CITY COUNCIL DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The City of Olympia declares itself to be a Sanctuary City and;
Section 2. As a Sanctuary CiÇ, City employees will serve all residents, and city services will be accessible to all residents regardless of immigration status; and
Section 3. The City of Olympia will not inquire upon a resident’s immigration status in providing municipal services or in the course of law enforcement; and I
Section 4. As a Sanctuary City, the City of Olympia will have policies that instruct employees to refuse the application of any request from a state or federal agency that requires the identification of a resident’s immigration status, leaving that determination to federal authorities; and
Section 5. The City of Olympia shall refuse any requests that are an extension of any federal immigration policy enforcement actions to federal authorities and shall not enter into any agreements to carry out such federal enforcement actions, but leave such actions to federal authorities; and
Section 6. The City of Olympia shall review its policies to ensure that they reflect Olympia’s status as a Sanctuary City, including possible revision of City policies to comply with this Resolution.