A few items of note happened at the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings today.
Last month the Secretary of Homeland Security issued two memos on immigration enforcement One of the memos directed Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to start issuing regular reports on state, county and local jurisdictions who refuse to give full support to ICE’s enforcement of immigration laws. The first report came out today.
This morning the Council held a brief discussion, led by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, on what the Trump administration’s “skinny budget” proposal means for Seattle.
This afternoon the City Council ratified an ordinance that sets up the city to cut its ties to Wells Fargo Bank.
This afternoon the City Council unanimously passed a resolution that affirms Seattle’s status as a welcoming city for all, regardless of immigration status.
This isn’t just a feel-good resolution; it lists a number of very specific actions and policies for the city.
This morning the Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) brought their “federal team” to present to the City Council on what the Trump Administration, together with a Republican-controlled Congress, will mean for Seattle. The most frequently used word to describe it: “sobering.”