The liberal City of Seattle has a major problem with homelessness. Mayor Ed Murray declared a State of Emergency on November 2, 2015. To address the homelessness problem, the city set up safe RV lots for families and individuals living in vehicles. The problem with that? The City didn’t calculate the high costs associated with the program.
The money and resources spent has done nothing to solve the problem. In mid-November, the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report that indicated that there was an increase of 7.3 percent more homeless people in Washington state this year than in 2015.
Given that track record, does anyone believe that the city of Seattle can efficiently and effectively address the needs of illegal aliens? And why is the city allocating money to illegal aliens when U.S. citizens are living on the streets? Because it’s progressive.
From Seattle Times: The city of Seattle is allotting $250,000 to address the needs of undocumented immigrant illegal alien students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools and their families.
An “inclusive and equitable city cabinet,” made up of representatives from various city departments, will come up with a plan for how to spend the money, according to a news release from the mayor’s office that did not offer further details on what such needs might be.
The order also directs city employees not to ask residents about their immigration status, unless police officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is committing or has committed a felony. It also directs departments to serve all residents regardless of immigration status.
The order had been expected as Murray had earlier promised that Seattle would remain a sanctuary city with policies to protect undocumented immigrants, despite Donald Trump’s election as president. Trump has vowed to crack down on cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, pledging to block federal taxpayer dollars from going to them, though it’s not clear Seattle would necessarily be among them.
Mayors of other cities, including New York and Chicago, have joined Murray in limiting the extent to which their city departments will help federal immigration authorities.
Washington’s population of undocumented immigrants illegal aliens grew by 40,000 between 2009 and 2014, making the state just one of six nationwide to see an increase, according to the executive order signed by Murray.