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Seattle Files Lawsuit Against President Trump’s “Sanctuary Cities” Executive Order!

Seattle Files Lawsuit Against President Trump’s “Sanctuary Cities” Executive Order!

Posted on 30 March 2017 by admin

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 SEATTLE (March 29, 2017) – The City of Seattle, under the direction of Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes,file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s “sanctuary cities” Executive Order today. The order threatened to strip federal funding from cities that refused to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement and was reiterated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week. In this suit, the City of Seattle seeks a declaration that it is acting consistently with federal law and that the U.S. Constitution precludes application of the Order to deny it federal funds to which it is otherwise entitled. Seattle, a welcoming city where City employees do not inquire about immigration status and where all services are available to every resident, will argue the order is unconstitutional and that the City has not violated federal law.

“Seattle will not be bullied by this White House or this administration and today we are taking legal action against President Trump’s unconstitutional order,” said Mayor Murray. “We have the law on our side: the federal government cannot compel our police department to enforce federal immigration law and cannot use our federal dollars to coerce Seattle into turning our backs on our immigrant and refugee communities. We simply won’t do it. We are proud to be a welcoming city that is inclusive of all our residents. We are a safer more prosperous city because of our immigrant and refugee communities and will continue standing with them.”

 The lawsuit, filed in the Western District of Washington today, makes two main arguments about the Executive Order:

  1. The order is unconstitutional and ambiguous, and creates uncertainty around Seattle’s budget by threatening federal funding. It violates the 10th amendment by attempting to force local entities to enforce federal immigration law; and violates the Spending Clause by attempting to coerce local action through the denial of federal funds.
  2. The City of Seattle and our welcoming city policies do not violate federal law. The Executive Order calls for localities to cooperate with the federal government and share information. City employees are directed to cooperate with, not hinder, federal actions; however, City employees are prohibited from inquiring into immigration status. The City doesn’t not prohibit information sharing, but instead limits the collection of information.

 The ambiguity of the Executive Order leaves the City unable to accurately plan its upcoming budget. The Trump administration has made repeated threats cited in the lawsuit.

 “Like Monday’s irresponsible press conference by the Attorney General, the Administration’s continual saber rattling is causing real harm in America’s cities,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes. “This lawsuit represents Seattle’s attempt to mute histrionics in favor of a plain statement of the law. I hope the President will refrain from tweeting his legal opinion before our Courts have an opportunity to do so.”

 The City of Seattle has previously joined briefs against President Trump’s Executive Orders on travel from specific Muslim countries and filed a set of Freedom of Information Act requests for details of the administration’s definition of “sanctuary city.” While led by the City, other jurisdictions are welcome and encouraged to join this effort.

 City of Seattle budget background

  • The City of Seattle receives federal funds in support of a wide variety of programs and through many channels, including direct from the federal granting agency, or indirect via the State of Washington, King County, or other interlocal agencies, universities, etc. 
  • These funds are generally applied for and awarded to individual departments, which administer the spending of the awarded funds. 
  • Many of the awards are multi-year awards, which departments program and spend throughout the eligible use period. Spending is not necessarily even across a multi-year award. 
  • Most federal funds are reimbursed to the City after programmatic or capital spending has occurred, though in some cases the award is made up front. 

City of Seattle 2017 federal funding

  • The City anticipates at least $55 million of federal funds to support operating expenses in 2017. 
  • The City also receives federal support for its multi-year capital budget and expects to receive over $99 million of capital project support in 2017 alone.

Department of Justice (DOJ) funding

  • The City of Seattle receives federal funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ); these grant funds support multiple departments including the Seattle Police Department, Human Services Department and the City Auditor’s Office.
  • The City is scheduled to receive approximately $2.6 million from DOJ grants in 2017, a part of over $13 million in DOJ funds allocated over a multi-year period.
  • The City’s Department of Justice Grants support a variety of efforts including but not limited to:

o   Domestic violence prevention;

o   Efforts to detect and interrupt internet crimes against children;

o   Youth violence prevention;

o   Crime prevention;

o   Community-oriented policing;

o   Gun violence prevention;

o   Reducing recidivism rates

o   Body-worn video development;

o   School and community safety; and

o   Human trafficking investigation and prosecution.

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Smith Statement on President Trump’s Revised Executive Order Restricting Refugees and Visas

Smith Statement on President Trump’s Revised Executive Order Restricting Refugees and Visas

Posted on 08 March 2017 by admin

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Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to President Trump’s revised executive order released today: 

“President Trump’s latest executive order on refugees and visa restrictions is reckless and runs contrary to America’s founding principles. The President’s second attempt at a travel ban —after his previous order was found to be unconstitutional by two courts—shows a continued disregard for American values and a remarkable willingness to threaten our national security.

“Our existing standards for those seeking refuge already require extremely thorough vetting of all refugees. Banning all refugees and specifically targeting Muslims goes against our values and strengthens extremist groups like ISIS by making America appear anti-Muslim. This malicious executive order will help recruit more terrorists and encourage extremists to attack America, damaging our relationships around the world and making America less safe.”

Congressman Adam is the representative of District 9 in Seattle area. He drew huge crowd last Saturday when he spoke to his constituency at town hall meeting style in South Seattle. He talked similar way in his statement and the crowd erupted with support.

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Patty Murray Threatens To Shutdown The Government!

Patty Murray Threatens To Shutdown The Government!

Posted on 12 June 2015 by admin

WASHINGTON – After saying that the minority party should never force a government shutdown, Senator Patty Murray has threatened to shut down the government if spending limits are not increased.

“After not getting her way, Patty Murray is now threatening to shut down the government if spending isn’t increased across the board,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “For Murray this is quite the turnaround given that two years ago she promised to never shutdown the government if she didn’t get her way.”

BACKGROUND

In 2015, Patty Murray Threatened A Government Shutdown If Spending Limits Are Not Increased. “Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday will warn Republicans that if they don’t reach another bipartisan deal to lift spending ceilings, they risk causing another government shutdown this fall.” (Top Senate Dem warns GOP: Deal now on spending limits or face shutdown, The Hill, 06/10/15)

In 2013, Patty Murray Said The Minority Party Should Never Threaten To Shutdown The Government. “The great American system we hold so dear –our democracy that is the envy of the world –simply cannot work if a minority of Members can threaten to shut down the government or devastate the economy if they do not get their way on an issue–any issue. That is not what Democrats did when we were in the minority, and it is not what we should do should that day come again. Our system was designed to push both sides toward negotiations in a divided government, to encourage negotiation and movement toward common ground. It breaks down when one side refuses to negotiate in advance of a crisis, and it falls apart when a minority refuses to allow the basic functions of our government to perform unless their demands are met.” (Sen. Patty Murray, Congressional Record, 10/9/13, p. S7320)

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Camera in Action

Camera in Action

Posted on 13 November 2014 by admin

 

From the “Recovery through Journalism Project” which has trained 8 young East Africans to report for Runta! Continue Reading

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Journalism Fellowships Will Increase Media Spotlight on Aging Issues

Journalism Fellowships Will Increase Media Spotlight on Aging Issues

Posted on 26 May 2014 by admin

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Team 2012 in San Diego. Chief editor of Runta News, Mohamud Yussuf, 3rd from left of the sitting group. 
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Business, Faith and Agriculture Leaders on Immigration Reform: It’s time to get things done

Business, Faith and Agriculture Leaders on Immigration Reform: It’s time to get things done

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

SEATTLE, WA – President Obama, in his fifth State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday, said “let’s get immigration reform done this year.” Leaders from the Washington Compact, representing business, faith and agriculture, held a press conference at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to say 2014 is the year of immigration reform.

Eric Schinfield, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber views immigration reform as a global competitiveness issue. Our current system is broken and without smart reform, we will lose top workforce talent to other countries. There is a critical need to reform work visa programs to ensure that Washington State industries from high-tech to agriculture have access to the skilled labor they need now and in the future.”

Luke Williams, World Relief, said: “This year must bring bipartisan legislation that respects the God-given dignity of every person, protects the unity of families, and respects the rule of law. I have joined hundreds of faith leaders and tens of thousands of Christians across the country in committing to pray for the men and women who serve in Congress to have wisdom and courage as they address this issue justly and compassionately.”

Mike Gempler, Washington Growers League, said: “Washington State agriculture has experienced labor shortages the past several years, and all indications are that it will continue and get worse without reform of immigration laws. Any bill that is passed into law must consider what kind of workforce is needed to support industries like agriculture in the future and how we are going to achieve it.”

Rich Stolz, OneAmerica, said: “This time, the debate is different. Leaders on both sides of the aisle are willing to rise above partisan politics and take action. Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate have engaged in thoughtful discussions and negotiations, bringing us closer to reform than ever before. We must move forward on what all of us care about: passage of fair and practical reforms.”

 

Asked about what they would say to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who gave the GOP response to the SOTU, Mike Gempler responded, “It’s bigger than enforcement and border security. We’re interested in securing a workforce to protect Washington State’s economy. It’s also important to ensure our communities are healthy and economically more productive.”

Luke Williams responded: “Immigrant families are presented with an agonizing decision between family and work. There’s no way to keep children and parents together under our current laws. Why wouldn’t we want to address this?

Washington Compact leaders, and conservative and moderate allies across the nation, have created a climate that has made immigration reform inevitable. Make no mistake: 2014 is immigration reform’s time. Immigration reform will create a stronger America. The American people know reform will move our country forward, and voters – including GOP primary voters – want it done. It is time for Congress to transcend politics and make it so. 

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Health and Safety Information for Hajj and Umrah, 2013

Health and Safety Information for Hajj and Umrah, 2013

Posted on 11 July 2013 by admin

Public Health Seattle & King County Updated July 1, 2013

Hajj and Umrah draws some of the largest crowds in the world, and the large crowds bring Continue Reading

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Seattle Says No to “Global Faces of Terrorism” Ad

Seattle Says No to “Global Faces of Terrorism” Ad

Posted on 26 June 2013 by admin

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 The Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force launched the “Rewards for Justice” Campaign in Seattle the week of June 4. The program is Continue Reading

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12 arts and humanities programs honored at the White House

12 arts and humanities programs honored at the White House

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) First Lady Michelle Obama invited 12 young people to the White House, where they were presented with the 2012 Continue Reading

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Super Storm

Super Storm Sandy oo Seattle ku Fiicnaan Laheyd?

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

Sida Hurricane Katrina lagu arkay baabuurta biyuhu ka galaan engine-ka tuuris ayey ku dambeeyaan  oo iyaga oo dhan baa kharribma. Tirada baabuurta kharribantay waxa ay shaqo la’aan ku keeneen darawallo sidooda oo kale u fara badan oo la hubo in maalmo soo socda guri joog ahaan doonaan ama meelo kale u shaqo doonan doonaan.

Waxan jeclaan lahaa in dabeyshan ku habsan laheyd Yellow Cap Seattle maxaa yeelay waxa uu kambanigaasi maskaxda iyo jilbaha tiray Soomaali fara badan oo la’aantiis horurmar dhaqaale gaari lahaa, caafimaad hagaagsanna heli lahaa. Fadhiga faraha badan jilbaha oo kaliya ma dhibaateeyo, balse waxa uu dhibaateeyaa dhabarka oo isku noqda, sokor iyo dhiig kar ka dhasha dhaqdhaqaaq la’aanta. Waxa sidoo kale darawalladu wada xafidaan dhammaan waddooyinka magaalada oo isla markaana si aada maskaxda uga shaqeysiiyaan iyagoo ku dadaalaya iney addreska si dhaqsi ah ku gaaraan. Taasi waxa ay maskaxda ku keentaa iney shidaal badan cunto sida timaha oo dhaqsi u haada iyo indha oo arragooda soo yaraada.

Waxad u  maleyseysaa in darwarlnimadu tahay dabin Soomaali ku wada dhacday oo weliba intii ay iska waanin lahaayeen oo midba midka kale ku sii ridayo. Dabeecadaha Soomaalida ayey noqotay iney is lug jiidaaan oo xittaa haddii qofku hur ku jiro uu jecel yahay in lala huro. Runta waxa ay da’ yarta ku guubaaineysaa iney tacliinta ka war doonaan. Haddii waqti dheer aadan awoodin inaad waxbarasho sii waddo, waxa hubanti ah inaad heleyso waxbarasho waqti gaaban oo weliba lagaa bixinayo sida farsamooyinka cunto karinta, rooti dubista, alxanka, beero beerista guryaha iyo jidadka, caafimaadka, makaanik iyo faryaamo iwm. Maxaa kugu wareerinaya inaad maskaxdaada quruxda badan ku baabi’iso address xafidid oo haddii aad magaalada ka guurto meel kale aadan la aadi karin?

Caqliga laguu sheegayo macnihiisu waxa uu yahay inaad xisaabtanto. Haddii aad 10 sano taxi ama taraag waddo waxba kuuma kordhin, haddiise 10 sano aad shaqo kale iyo waxbarasho isku waddo wax tar wayn ayaad usoo hoysay naftaada iyo qoyskaaga iyo weliba waddankaaga. Haddaba adiga kala dooro anaad sanuud ururiso ama aad xar xaraf ku darto adigoo berri ka maalin aad dad kale wax sii bari karto. Caqliga fayow waxa uu dooranayaa inuu mustaqbal ka fakaro, midka gaabanna maanta oo kaliya ayuun buu arki karaa. Keebey Soomaalidu leedahay?

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