Seattle, WA Demanding Our Rights with One Voice and Many Faces

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Seattle, WA, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 8/4/03

Vote: Unanimous

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Text:

Resolution Number: 30622
A Resolution affirming dignity and demanding our rights with one voice and many faces.

WHEREAS, we affirm the inherent dignity of all people, regardless of color, religion, or immigration status, and expect equality and justice for all; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle is comprised of approximately 17% immigrant and refugees who make vital contributions to our economy, our community, and our nation; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle has worked to ensure equal rights and services to all immigrants including the passage of the Matricular I.D. cards as accepted forms of identification; and

WHEREAS, immigrants are engaged in all sectors in our economy. They include Doctors, lawyers and other professionals in all walks of life. Immigrant workers include those who clean offices, care for children and the elderly, work in restaurant and hotel services. They labor in fields and factories. Nearly 50,000 members of America's armed forces are immigrants who defend our country; and

WHEREAS, our nation's immigration laws, at times, force many immigrants and their families - who work hard and pay taxes - to live in fear of being deported for simply going to work each day; and

WHEREAS, since September 11, 2001, hard-working immigrants have at times, faced increased discrimination at work and in their communities simply for what they believe or where they come from; and

WHEREAS, current immigration policies and practices often require families to wait lengthy periods-sometimes up to twenty years-to be reunited with their families or to obtain proper work and travel documentation; and

WHEREAS, despite broad public support for immigration reform that rewards work, the progress that immigrant organizations, labor unions, business groups, and religious leaders have made in building bipartisan political support for immigration reform has been stalled by the refocus of our elected officials on terrorism; and

WHEREAS, essential protections for workers include concerns for health and safety hazards on the job, wage and hour violations, and rights to organize and improve working conditions; and

WHEREAS, we need immigration laws that respect dignity, reflect the realities of America's 21st century workforce, reward work, prevent exploitation, and keep families together;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THE MAYOR CONCURRING, THAT

1. We call for immigration reform that allows all people appropriate paths to apply for legalization of immigration status and the opportunity to apply for citizenship;

2. We will continue to work together in coalitions with immigrant, labor, community, business, and religious groups to protect the rights of Seattle's immigrant families; and

3. We hereby endorse the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, leaving Seattle on September 23, 2003, and designed to draw attention to the importance of immigrant rights.

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