County Executive Order Aims To Block All Deportations Out Of Seattle Area

King County Executive Dow Constantine has threatened to pull county contracts from companies who fuel ICE aircraft.

Seattle, WA – King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered companies who fuel planes at King County International Airport to stop servicing planes used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or they will lose county contracts.

Over 34,000 illegal immigrants have been removed from the United States through the King County International Airport over the past eight years, The Seattle Times reported.

The airport, which is also known as Boeing Field, also receives inmates being sent to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

But on April 23, Constantine signed an order aimed at banning ICE flights at the King County airport, The Seattle Times reported.

“We are hoping to be leading the way,” King County Executive and Chief of Staff Rachel Smith said at the time.

The executive order requires county officials to rework upcoming leases with three companies who service charger flights and operate out of rented space at the airport.

The contract changes would prohibit the companies from servicing planes that transport illegal immigrants, and companies who refuse to comply will not receive county contracts.

“Deportations raise deeply troubling human rights concerns which are inconsistent with the values of King County, including separations of families, increases of racial disproportionality in policing, deportations of people into unsafe situations in other countries, and constitutional concerns of due process,” the executive order read.

The airport sits on land given to the county by the federal government on the condition that federal aircraft be allowed to use the facility.

King County International Airport Director John Parrott claimed that Constantine’s executive order doesn’t violate that stipulation, because the flights are operated by charter companies, not the federal government.

But the airport has also received $21 million in federal grants since 2012 on the condition that the federal government be allowed to use the airport, FOX News reported.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) General Counsel Steven Bradbury reminded Constantine of the airports’ obligation in a recent letter.

Bradbury also noted that the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act “specifically bars local governments from prohibiting or restricting particular types of air transportation,” and argued that the executive order violates federal law.

“This is taking it to a new level,” Federation for American Immigration Reform spokeswoman Ira Mehlman told FOX News. “Sanctuary policies say that the local jurisdiction won’t cooperate with ICE. Here, [Constantine] is taking it a step further and blacklisting companies that do business with ICE. This crosses the line probably into obstruction of justice.”

Thanks to the executive order, ICE now has to transport detainees to the Yakima Airport three hours away. Inmates only had to travel for approximately 40 minutes when ICE was flying them out of the King County airport.

“State and local efforts thwarting ICE operations serve only to create additional security concerns and add significant delays and costs to U.S. taxpayers," ICE Acting Field Operations Director Bryan Wilcox said.

Comments (23)
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JBo
JBo

“We are hoping to be leading the way.”

I hope so too. Attention! All illegal immigrants! Go to King County, WA! No deportation allowed. Free cookies. Local residents and politicians welcome you and all those that you bring.

1sam80
1sam80

Swing and a miss to the head doofus at Seattle. ICE is flying into Yakima and busing them (the illegals)over.

Maui2082
Maui2082

How can this be legal???? I guarantee if the tables were turned and conservatives were blocking BLM or Obama supporters from flying people out of Seattle. They’d all be arrested immediately! This is so insane!!!

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

That dumbass needs to wake-up! What part of "Illegal" doesn't he understand??!!

Wish505
Wish505

Time to hold these fools accountable for there illegal actions and put them behind bars. Why are the feds not taking action against these people.

LEO0301
LEO0301

And the insanity of the west coast leftists continues.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Build the wall.... and keep building all the way up the left coast until you hit the boarder!!!!

checksix
checksix

Nice to know that illegal alien criminals have more rights than legal residents.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Time to put these criminal politicians in front of grand juries and indict them federally. This is a crock. The blood IS on their hands. The spill over to non-sanctuary areas will destroy entire communities.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Feds...take back the airport and screw the a'hole politicians who pander to illegals. Easy solution.

ikaika
ikaika

Wait, what? The feds gave the land to the county on the condition they could use it. And they have been giving the county $3M a year. And federal law prohibits local governments from interfering in air transportation. How the hell can this idiot be doing this? Throw his stupid ass in jail!