Mayor Ed Murray intends for Seattle to sue the federal government if the Trump administration doesn’t honor the city’s requests for information about a controversial executive order.
Mayor Ed Murray says Seattle will sue the federal government if the Trump administration doesn’t honor the city’s requests for information about the president’s controversial “sanctuary cities” executive order.
The mayor will announce the plan during his annual State of the City address, which he’s delivering at Idris Mosque in North Seattle.
Seattle will file Freedom of Information Act requests with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice seeking answers about the order.
If the Trump administration doesn’t respond within 20 business days, the city will sue.
Seattle considers itself a sanctuary city because it has a law barring its employees from inquiring into a person’s immigration status, with some exceptions.
“The city must be able to provide accurate information to immigrants and refugees and their families living in Seattle,” Murray will say in his speech, according to prepared remarks.