Seattle, WA - A one-time legal defense fund of $750,000 for immigrants and refugees has been proposed by King County Council members.
According to Q13 Fox, the fund is also designed to protect immigrants and refugees "amid rising fear." The plan was announced on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, by King County Council Executive Dow Constantine. He said that the fund would provide "rapid response services for immigrants and refugees, including a fund that will help residents navigate the naturalization process and help support community rights organizations."
The money is designated to come from a 2016 budget surplus that was not allocated for any specific purpose. The proposal for the funding would still need to be approved by the full county council. Constantine said that "people in our community are afraid - afraid for their human rights, their families, and their safety."
The fund, the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, will be fully staffed and operational by the end of the year. Part of the fund would be used to make sure county facilities are ready, safe, and equipped. Other money from the fund is set aside to purchase signs in multiple languages that state "All Are Welcome Here." Some of the money would go to organizations that provide various kinds of legal assistance, such as the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Joe McDermott, Metropolitan King County Council Chair, has agreed to sponsor the proposal after Council Executive Constantine proposes legislation to make the money available, according to The Seattle Times. Constantine said that he proposed the legislation in direct response to President Trump's Executive Order, and also as an investment in the people of the county.
The City of Seattle is already spending $250,000 to help immigrants and refugees navigate life under President's Trump administration, focusing on children in the city’s public schools.
It seems as if certain cities, groups, etc. are determined to disregard President Trump's objectives on illegal immigrants. Instead of using the money for King County's overwhelming number of homeless veterans or treating the massive heroin epidemic, the council is spending your tax-dollars on legal defense for illegal immigrants. Taxpayers are getting double-slammed. First, we're paying for immigration enforcement, then we're paying for defense from that enforcement.
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