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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
3/18/2010  11:46:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Council President Richard Conlin
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike OBrien

Seattle City Council members support immigration reform

SEATTLE Today, Council President Richard Conlin and Councilmembers Nick Licata and Mike OBrien announced their support for OneAmerica, as they wished Washington state immigrants and allies well before they left for the March for America rally in Washington D.C. to be held this weekend.

In support of OneAmericas efforts, on March 15, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass Resolution 31193 supporting comprehensive immigration reform. This resolution reiterates Washington States commitment to fully integrate immigrants into the community in a meaningful way.

Nearly one-third of Seattles children are in immigrant families, said Councilmember Mike OBrien. There are many challenges for immigrants in accessing both public and private services and programs, and I support the States efforts to help immigrants participate in their communities.

In 2006, the City Council passed a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform that opposed arbitrary punitive legislation and spoke out against the backlog of family immigration. A new feature of this legislation is that it includes the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families that are not currently recognized at the federal level.

The time is now to make a difference in comprehensive immigration reform. We are a country founded on providing safety for everyone equally and humanely, stated Councilmember Nick Licata.

The March for America rally will raise awareness about the need to implement comprehensive immigration reform to ensure all families and individuals in America are treated equally and fairly. This resolution will be presented to the federal delegation to affirm City Councils support of comprehensive immigration reform.

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