Letter: Let’s make Mukilteo a sanctuary city

Feb 08, 2017

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.


Paul D. Pickell
Comments (8)
Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Feb 08, 2017 14:34

Sanctuary cities could lose federal funding for more than just law enforcement but schools and transit.  At a time when your Mayor's top priority is transit investment and getting that multimodal terminal going, I think this is a great sentiment, bad timing.


Other cities with more resources can (and will) take a stand like Seattle.  More power to 'em.

Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Feb 08, 2017 19:44

You pay one way or another.  Have you researched how many tax dollars a household spends in Washington State for illegals each year?  In 2012, it was round $960 per household per year.  I bet it's double that now.  Let's not make Mukilteo a Sanctuary City.  Have you read the article gangs are here in Snohomish county?  My childhood neighborhood next to Silverlake Park is now ridden with graffiti. My father who still lives there, has had so many breakins in his neighborhood that he installed a security alarm, when he came home and heard an intruder running down the back porch steps.  He keeps his doors locked and deadbolted all the time.  Have you driven down Casino Road?

The definition of Sanctuary City:  a sanctuary city is a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting unauthorized immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws and by ensuring that all residents have access to city services, regardless of immigration status.

Let's keep Mukilteo legal, by law abiding citizens. The only sactuary city or home I want, is for the wildlife here in Mukilteo....the ducks, squirrels, deer, who grace me daily.



Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Feb 08, 2017 20:13

There is a difference between legal immigration vs. illegal and undocumented, undocumented is illegal. My ancestors were legal immigrants, and they registered through Ellis Island.  I am all for immigrants who have the respect for our nation to go through the US legal process and systems of immigration.

Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Feb 08, 2017 20:19

No one is illegal? I guess you have your own interpretation of the US law and order. Explain that to the five year old girl who was recently raped in California by an illegal with a criminal background, who had entered and existed the US many times and assumed many different alias names, and still on the run. Explain that to the person who was killed by an illegal drunk driver, who entered and exited the US many times.    We happen to have a heroine epidemic in this country, and most of it comes through the Mexican border by illegal drug cartels, black heroine, that is very addicting.  Explain that to the parents who have lost their teens from heroine...I know two such families, I also lost my brother in law to heroine addiction.  He wasn't a bad guy...the heroin didn't actually kill him, my sister received a call from Emergency that he was about to get his arm amputated by an infection.  He died during the blood transfusion.  Think again if you want "Sanctuary cities...many illegals are illegal for a reason. .

Posted by: Fred Taylor | Feb 10, 2017 12:31

It is disgusting, but not surprising, to see this endorsement of lawlessness come from this very unfortunate corner of my beautiful home State. If  you get your 'wish', I will enjoy seeing the town stripped of every federal cent and the failure of every civic project that relies upon such money. Immigration is one of the few things that the federal government controls that is actually Constitutional. Those who oppose legitimate immigration law are promoting more waste, crime, and disrespect for the rule of TRUE law. You should be very ashamed of your uninformed and treasonous opinion.

Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Feb 10, 2017 15:30

One of the biggest questions that needs to be asked next Wednesday night at the WSF Open House about the new Mukilteo Jennifer Gregerson Multimodal Terminal is how much federal dollars are going in.  Those federal dollars come with strings attached and sadly, with some states being more equal than others, uh do we really want to risk what will become a masterpiece of public transportation on the alter of protecting people who are technically breaking our nation's fair laws who can come into America and who cannot?

Maybe some of these people clamoring for Mukilteo to be a sanctuary city can donate to a trust fund backfill any - if there are any - federal grants for the Jennifer Gregerson Multimodal Terminal.  Just a concern from a transit guy.

Posted by: Fred Taylor | Feb 11, 2017 12:53

Thank you, Mr. Kunzler, for your timely post.


Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Feb 13, 2017 12:57

Quite welcome Fred and I've tipped off one of the WSDOT consultants working on this.

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