LETTER: Resident thanks City Council for making Burien a ‘Sanctuary City’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Dear B-Town Blog –

I am writing to express my appreciation to the Burien City Council for voting to pass Ordinance 651, the “sanctuary city” ordinance earlier this month. I am a resident of Burien, and a voter. I am also an avid user of our parks, library patron, local business frequenter, and advocate to others about how great this community is. In short – I think Burien is awesome.

I’m proud of my community, and of my city council, for reiterating in spirit one of the values that makes this community great. Thank you.

I understand the sanctuary city ordinance to be largely symbolic, but no less important for this symbolism. Our national discourse has been vitriolic and, I feel, incredibly harmful over the past year in particular. I understand and I have heard directly, that too many immigrants feel fearful and uncertain of their place in this country given this climate.

Ordinance 651 communicates that we are a community where immigrants, or those perceived to be immigrants, will not be singled out. That we are all welcome here. That we contribute together to the vibrancy and health of this Burien community.

Burien Council, thank you for your care in hearing all sides of this issue. Councilmembers Tosta, Bell and Berkowitz – thank you in particular for your leadership on this issue.

Megan Gibbard

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7 Responses to “LETTER: Resident thanks City Council for making Burien a ‘Sanctuary City’”
  1. Lee Moyer says:

    Well said.
    I’m glad the council majority realizes that the vitriolic comments in this blog do not represent the community at large.

  2. Question Authority says:

    When those three Council members get voted out and sent to the island of Misfit toys, feel free to tag along with your fellow supporters of lawlessness and crime abetting.

  3. Unbelievable says:

    I am a resident of Burien and a voter also. I wouldn’t be surprised if an ordinance will soon be passed also where gangsters or those perceived as gangsters will be protected as well. Are we blind and not see all the graffiti all over the city and unaware of the shootings related to graffiti. Would love to hear others input on this.

  4. Shorewood Guy says:

    Writer is as crazy as the three amigos voting for this. Sad day for our City.

  5. Tom Taaffe says:

    Megan and Lee thank you for those kind and gentle words. Such a contrast to the anonymous sound and fury we have been subjected too recently. Tom

  6. Julie says:

    They didn’t listen at all or pay any attention to the b-blog poll which was against it.
    Some council members need to keep their personal agenda in their backyard not the cities.
    Our council is SO embarrassing

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