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.
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.
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