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