Letter: Want safety? Repeal ‘welcoming’ resolution

Jun 20, 2017

On June 4, Mukilteo City Council members Emery, Cook, Lord and Champion passed a “welcoming city” resolution – also known as a sanctuary city resolution – over the objections of council members Whelpley and Wheeler, and an apparent majority of city residents.

Mayor Gregerson forced this second round of discussions, having not gotten the decision she wanted in February. The same four council members voted down a motion to put the resolution to a vote. Apparently, they know better than the rest of us how this community should operate.

In my opinion, this was done in utter disregard to the safety of Mukilteo residents. An allegedly apolitical council made a political statement, with no concern to the real-world consequences of their actions.

For the last 16 years, I have awoken to thoughts of the terror my employee felt on Flight UA175 from Logan to LAX as he was flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. I think of the 3,000 innocent people slaughtered that day and the beautiful families destroyed by the unspeakable loss of their loved ones.

At least five of the hijackers had overstayed their visas. The only reason they were able to inflict their carnage was because law enforcement and politicians allowed them to continue to break our nation’s immigration laws. Now, our city council has adopted policies that enable the same harm to come to this city.

The Center for Immigration Studies in 2005 reported that of the 94 foreign-born terrorists who operated in the U.S. from 1990 to 2004, two-thirds (59) committed immigration fraud prior to their terrorist act. Nine of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers who killed six people had immigration violations, along with the 2002 LAX terrorist who killed two people.

When our nation’s laws are ignored and selectively honored by our politicians and law enforcement officials, bad things happen to the innocent people who are paying the wages of the people who are supposed to protect us. When one class of people is allowed to break federal immigration laws, while U.S. citizens are required to obey all federal laws, we are not receiving our constitutional right to equal protection under the law.

Never forget the tragedies of the past, and the policies and decisions that allowed them to happen. Insist all laws are enforced to protect our precious children and loved ones. Insist they end this resolution.


Leslie Gregg
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