King County Council Condemns Immigration Ban & Illegal Detentions

King County Council Passes Motion Condemning Ban and Illegal Detentions

King County Council, Seattle, Washington

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove was among those issuing a separate statement

Six members of the King County Council in a joint statement: Joe McDermott, Dave Upthegrove, Claudia Balducci, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Larry Gossett and Rod Dembowski:

“The First Amendment is perfectly clear—the United States is a country that values freedom of religion,” said proponents of the motion. “King County is home to nearly 450,000 foreign-born residents. These are friends, neighbors, and coworkers who enrich our communities and lives every day.”

“The President’s actions are unlawful, discriminatory, and seek to undermine the core, shared values of all Americans. We will continue to fight until our nation’s leader agrees to restore the right to Due Process and Equal Protection enshrined in the Constitution.”

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove is releasing the following statement on the President’s unconstitutional Executive Actions effectively banning immigration based on religious identity:

“I was proud to join thousands of my friends and neighbors at SeaTac Airport in the heart of my district on Saturday night to support those who had been unlawfully detained. This executive order was done in the name of public safety, but it makes us less safe, disrespects traditional American values, and reeks of religious bigotry and race-baiting.

“Americans have a long history of standing up for people from all religious backgrounds. When people face injustice and stay silent, I believe that it is the same as being complicit.

“I am proud to speak out against what I believe to be discriminatory and unconstitutional.”

Passed earlier this afternoon, the Council’s action condemns President Trump’s actions as discriminatory, unconstitutional, and contrary to the county’s adopted principles and laws the Council has sworn to uphold.

Others also issued statements:

Claudia Balducci, Metropolitan King County Councilmember

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Metropolitan King County Councilmember

Joe McDermott, Metropolitan King County Council Chair

Contributed by King County Council Communications