People Power Logo

People Power Washington Resource Center

This is your source for information on People Power and Freedom Cities in Washington state. The ACLU in Washington has been working with local officials and allies for many years to make our region one of the most welcoming to immigrants and refugees; however, law enforcement policies vary from city to city and county to county.This page will list communities that have adopted policies that resist Trump’s mass deportation agenda and provide resources for adding your hometown to the list.
Seattle & King County & the nine model policies

Jurisdictions that have passed Welcoming Cities legislation

Welcoming Cities, at a minimum, make a commitment to inclusion regardless of immigration status. Model policies prohibit local agencies from requesting immigration information, unless required by law. See, King County Ordinance 16692. These are jurisdictions that have enacted a resolution or ordinance as of 6/12/17.  
Some jurisdictions not on this list may have internal welcoming cities policies and are welcoming cities in practice, even if they haven’t enacted legislation.
Jurisdiction Resolution/Ordinance Link
Auburn Resolution 4345
Bainbridge Island Resolution 2017-09
Bellevue Resolution 7463
Bellingham Ordinance 2017-02-008, Resolution 2017-10
Bothell Resolution 1358 Not Available Online
Burien Ordinance 651
College Place Resolution No. 17-007 Not Available Online
Duvall Resolution AB17-26  Not Available Online
Edmonds Resolution 1381
Everett Resolution 5302
Kirkland  Ordinance (O-4558)
Kenmore Resolution 17-292 
Kent *
Lake Forest Park Resolution 1606
Lynnwood Resolution 2017-03 
Mulkiteo Resolution 2017-08
Olympia Resolution (M-1857) 
Pullman Resolution (R-45-17)
Redmond Resolution 1465
Renton *
Seattle Resolution 31730
Shoreline *Resolution 401
Spokane Ordinance C-35485
Tacoma Resolution 39116
Tukwila Resolution 1900
Yakima *
King *
Thurston *

Jurisdictions that do not honor ICE detainers

ICE detainers are requests by ICE asking a jail or corrections facility to hold a person after they have served their time in jail so that ICE can pick them up.  They are voluntary requests issued by ICE administrators and are not warrants issued by a judge.  There are court cases stating that jails and corrections facilities must have a judicial warrant in order to lawfully hold people beyond their jail sentence.
Seattle and King County have done a particularly good job making it clear that they will not honor ICE detainers, unless there is also a judicial warrant. See King County Ordinance 16692Seattle Ordinance 121063Executive Order 2016-08.  In its 2017 Welcoming City Resolution 31370, Seattle repeated the requirement for a judicial warrant. Despite recent statements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this requirement ensures that localities are in compliance with federal law and the constitution.
There are a variety of ways that jurisdictions handle ICE detainers, and we are still in the process of gathering and updating information on jurisdictions across the state as we learn more. If the police held you or someone you know for ICE, contact us.