The Burien City Council earlier this week voted 6-1 to send the measure to the Nov. 7 ballot after petition backers had gathered enough signatures.

Share story

Voters in Burien will decide this fall whether to repeal the city’s so-called “sanctuary city” ordinance aimed at protecting immigrants.

The Burien City Council earlier this week voted 6-1 to send the measure to the Nov. 7 ballot after petition backers had gathered enough signatures. The council also had the option of passing the initiative as written.

The initiative asks voters to repeal a city ordinance passed in January that directed Burien employees and law enforcement not to ask about a person’s immigration status or religious affiliation. That ordinance passed on a 4-3 vote and was aimed at fostering trust and cooperation between immigrant communities and city and police officials.

Initiative backers say such sanctuary-city ordinances chill the sharing of information with federal immigration officials and threaten public safety.

Most Read Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.