One of the big stories this week — locally and nationally — has been the arrest and detention of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old resident of Washington State who was brought to the US illegally as a child and has been a beneficiary of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Access for Child Arrivals (DACA) program since 2014. Last Friday he was arrested and is still being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And at a time when immigrants — both legal and illegal — are living in fear of the Trump administration’s saber-rattling about immigration policy, this has become a key test for the fate of DACA under Trump.
Tomorrow morning at 10am, there will be a hearing in his case before a U.S. district court magistrate judge. The government filed their brief this morning; Ramirez’s legal team filed their response tonight. And the stuff that’s in them is mind-blowing.
Continue reading Ramirez DACA case goes to crazy-town
This afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Martinez had his first hearing on the ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of Seattle’s homeless to try to stop the so-called “sweeps” of unsanctioned homeless encampments. It didn’t go well for the ACLU.
Continue reading ACLU gets cool reception from judge on homeless encampment cleanups
Today President Trump signed an executive order which, as promised, proposes to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” And Mayor Murray, along with some Council members, stood their ground.
Back in November I wrote a summary of what the city could lose in federal funding, but at the time is was difficult to tell whether Trump would really follow through, and if so how he would structure such an order. Now that he’s clarified that, it’s time to examine exactly what his executive order, and the local and federal laws, say.
Continue reading Understanding Trump’s “sanctuary city” executive order
Today a class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by the ACLU on behalf of Seattle’s homeless, against the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The suit charges that the city and WSDOT’s “sweeps” of homeless encampments violate the constitutional rights of the encampments’ residents by
seizing and destroying the property of people who are living outside without adequate and effective notice, an opportunity to be heard, or a meaningful way to reclaim any property that was not destroyed.
Continue reading ACLU files class-action lawsuit against Seattle and WSDOT for homeless sweeps
Everyone knew it was coming: today Uber filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle to stop the collective bargaining process for its drivers from moving forward. But they’ve chosen a strange legal maneuver to do it.
Continue reading Uber sues the city over collective bargaining rules, in a weird way
The Council held its first hearing this morning on a new ordinance, authored by Council member Kshama Sawant, to restrict slumlords from raising rents for non-compliant housing units. But the details are a little tricky, so it’s worth diving into the details.
Continue reading New protections against slumlords on their way
The Chamber of Commerce lawsuit still tops the news this morning. Continue reading News roundup: Chamber of Commerce lawsuit
Three big topics in the news this morning: the corrected vote on the Pronto bikeshare system, the Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against the city over allowing Uber drivers to unionize, and the Mayor’s proposal for the housing levy.
Continue reading News roundup: Pronto vote, Chamber of Commerce lawsuit, housing levy