Letter: Let’s make Mukilteo a sanctuary city
In light of the President's Executive Order 13768 of Jan. 25, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” I think it is time for Mukilteo to declare itself a sanctuary city.
All of our other levels of government have resisted cooperation with federal authorities on the prosecution of immigrants, including Snohomish County and the state Department of Corrections.
Mukilteo has a long history of immigration. Anyone who has ever lived in Mukilteo was an immigrant to the traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations.
The city of Mukilteo is where the treaty of Point Elliot was signed in 1855, which resolved disputes and established rights between the Coast Salish First Nations and American-European settlers. Japanese Gulch was so-named for the Japanese immigrants and their families that settled in the area in the early 20th century.
It is time that the City Council and Mayor Jennifer Gregerson stand up for our neighbors and co-workers who have only ever wanted better lives for themselves and their families. We should not have punitive policies toward immigrants simply for residing in, working in or visiting our city.
This action is needed now more than ever with the current administration's nationalist stance against immigrants. No one is illegal.