McKenna on KIRO: Seattle suing over sanctuary city status

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Seattle’s lawsuit against the federal government over a federal crackdown against “sanctuary cities.” The city is seeking a declaratory order because Seattle has not yet suffered any funding consequences from the federal government.

Dave Ross: “Well what is federal law? There is some confusion over what federal law actually requires the city to do. So what does federal law say on this matter?”

Rob McKenna: “Well federal law does not require cities and states to enforce federal immigration statutes, the federal immigration system. But, it does say that a local government, a state government, or a federal government agency may not prohibit an officer or an agency from sending information to the immigration and naturalization service about the immigration status of a particular individual.

“So in other words, if a law enforcement officer has information that someone is here illegally, they cannot be prohibited from communicating that information to INS. But that’s different than the policies of many sanctuary cities like Seattle’s, which say, ‘don’t ask.’ It’s sort of a don’t-ask-don’t-tell system.”

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  • nwgunslinger

    Title 8 U.S. Code, section 1373 reads: “A state or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

    Seems pretty clear and straightforward that the city of Seattle is in violation of that federal law.

    City officials can be prosecuted under Title 8 U.S. Code, section 1324 which reads: “Any person who, knowing that an alien has come to the U.S. in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection such alien in any place, including any building shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years.”

    • MaynardGKrebbs

      Since when do Democrats care about lawsome they disagree with ?
      Since no one gets prosecuted for any violation of law there is no fear of enforcement . I.E hillary,Susan rice,holder,

  • donnn

    Why should our area be the magnet for illegals who come into the states? Why is it that Washington should be one of the states with the highest number of illegal alien. There is a way for people to come to America LEGALLY so why do we allow people who break the law stay here. This might sound like I’m against the illegals who come here and I am. You can’t go to any other country and just stay as long as you want and stay there forever.
    ONLY IN AMERICA….