Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Friday announced some details of his $250,000 plan to help children from immigrant families navigate what could be a different environment after President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
He is setting aside taxpayer money in order to protect illegal immigrants from possible deportation under President-elect Donald Trump. Ed Murray called Trump’s platform a “threat” to Seattle’s economy and its workers.
Mayor said up to $250,000 will be spent on a plan to help immigrant families.
“The rhetoric and the promises of the incoming administration are a threat to Seattle’s economy and to Seattle’s workers,” Murray said Friday.
While the Seattle Foundation hopes to raise some of the funds, the city plans to hold forums throughout the city to provide information to families who fear deportation.
He specifically mentioned Muslim students and students authorized to live and work in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Some of the remaining funding will also be used to make sure people of all ages can easily report incidents of hate speech and violence, the mayor said.
The Times reported immigrant rights training will be provided to school employees and information will be given on what legal avenues families have to protect themselves.Counseling and give support for secondary school students will also be provided under the plan, a city spokesman told the paper.
“Seattle is and always will be a welcoming city to our immigrant and refugee neighbors.Undocumented youth are some of our most vulnerable neighbors and friends.”
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.