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STATEMENT: Mayor Jenny Durkan Responds to Threats by President Donald Trump to Retaliate for Seattle’s Status As A Welcoming City

SEATTLE (April 12, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement today in response to threats by the President of the United States to retaliate against Seattle for its status as a Welcoming City: 

“Time and again, we have seen this administration weaken the moral standing of America and undermine true public safety. It is time for Congress to act to stop the President’s repeated attempts to punish perceived enemies and stop his cruel, divisive, and unlawful attacks on our immigrant and refugee communities. This threat is yet another inhumane proposal from a White House that continues to separate children from parents and hold them in deplorable conditions. It is against our values to use people – including children and families in crisis – as political pawns. Seattle will continue to fight for the dignity of every person and will not allow any administration to use the power of America to destroy the promise of America.”