Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will "issue a strong response" Friday to the Trump administration last month threatening to withhold criminal-justice funding based on how the city deals with immigration.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and other local leaders will “issue a strong response” Friday to the Trump administration last month threatening to withhold criminal-justice grants from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, Durkan’s office said.
The U.S. Department of Justice sent letters to 29 cities, counties and states — including Seattle and King County — asking about compliance with federal immigration law.
There is no single definition of a sanctuary jurisdiction, but the term generally applies to those with policies that limit or restrict local officials from participating in immigration enforcement.
Durkan’s office said she will address the issue and “announce several awards to support efforts to provide legal assistance, education and outreach support to DACA recipients.”
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DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.
Metropolitan King County Council Chairman Joe McDermott will be among those joining Durkan, her office said. Last month, he and then-Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess sharply denied violations of federal law.
“This is about bullying and intimidation,” McDermott said then.
Burgess at the time said “nothing in the letter” would impact the way the city does business.