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Dow Constantine releases statement on Burien City Council election

Dow Constantine releases statement on Burien City Council election

King County Executive Dow Constantine – who we last saw when he held a press conference at Burien Town Square on Oct. 30 – released the following statement on Tuesday, Nov. 14 about the Burien City... [Read more]

118 ‘Love Letters to Immigrants’ written so far; you can still help

118 ‘Love Letters to Immigrants’ written so far; you can still help

As of Wednesday (Nov. 1) 118 “Love Letters to Immigrants” (with more on the way) have been written, intended to be sent/given to immigrants who live in Burien who may feel in danger due to a... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help write ‘Love Letters for Targeted Immigrants’

Volunteers needed to help write ‘Love Letters for Targeted Immigrants’

Volunteers are needed to help write ‘Love Letters for Target Immigrants’: This week the anti-immigrant group Respect Washington circulated a direct mail letter that included addresses of undocumented... [Read more]

Immigrant shares her story about growing up & living as a ‘Dreamer’ in Burien

Immigrant shares her story about growing up & living as a ‘Dreamer’ in Burien

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is published with permission from a Burien-based ‘Dreamer’ who first posted it to Facebook on Friday, Sept. 8. Seeing how immigration is a hot-button... [Read more]

The Stranger: ‘Trump’s America Is 10 Miles South of Downtown Seattle’

The Stranger: ‘Trump’s America Is 10 Miles South of Downtown Seattle’

Sydney Brownstone wrote a well-researched, in-depth story on Burien for The Stranger this week, entitled “Trump’s America Is 10 Miles South of Downtown Seattle (How Burien became a microcosm... [Read more]

POLL: Should DACA be preserved and continued in South King County?

POLL: Should DACA be preserved and continued in South King County?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – also called DACA – was instituted in 2012. Under the program, those who immigrated to the United States illegally as children could apply to work... [Read more]

Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

Craig Keller during public comment at the Burien City Council meeting on July 31, 2017. By Jack Mayne Political activist Craig Keller (pictured, left) has filed suit in King County Superior Court, demanding... [Read more]

City Council to discuss, decide on action to repeal Ord. 651 Monday night

City Council to discuss, decide on action to repeal Ord. 651 Monday night

At Monday night’s (July 31) special meeting, the Burien City Council will discuss – and most likely decide on – what action to take regarding the petition to repeal Ordinance No. 651, the city’s... [Read more]

Burien Council to hold special meeting July 31 to discuss Ordinance 651 repeal

Burien Council to hold special meeting July 31 to discuss Ordinance 651 repeal

The Burien City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017 regarding the petition to repeal Burien’s Ordinance 651. This meeting – which starts at 7 p.m. – is free and open to the... [Read more]

Petition to Repeal Ord. 651 meets signature goal; here’s what happens next

Petition to Repeal Ord. 651 meets signature goal; here’s what happens next

On Friday (July 21), King County Elections completed verification of the signatures submitted to their office for the City of Burien Initiative No. 1 (repeal of Ordinance 651), and determined that there... [Read more]

Not enough valid signatures may doom ‘Sanctuary City’ repeal petition

Not enough valid signatures may doom ‘Sanctuary City’ repeal petition

On Friday (July 14), King County Elections determined that the Petition to Repeal Burien’s Ordinance No. 651 contained an insufficient number of signatures to move forward – so far. All 4,181... [Read more]

U.S. Attorney General threatens sanctuary cities like Burien, Seattle

U.S. Attorney General threatens sanctuary cities like Burien, Seattle

By Jack Mayne The City of Burien was categorically threatened by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday (March 27) when he threatened to strip some “sanctuary cities” of coveted Justice Department... [Read more]

School district releases new statement on immigration & student safety

School district releases new statement on immigration & student safety

On Tuesday, March 14, Highline Public Schools released a new statement on immigration and student safety (read their previous statement, released in December, here): We recognize that actions taken by... [Read more]

Burien, SeaTac Police, ordered by Sheriff not to enforce federal ICE warrants

Burien, SeaTac Police, ordered by Sheriff not to enforce federal ICE warrants

By Jack Mayne Burien, SeaTac police and King County Sheriff’s deputies were told recently that ICE immigration warrants are not enforceable because a federal court does not issue such warrants. Asking... [Read more]

Restaurants in Burien go dark in solidarity with ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Restaurants in Burien go dark in solidarity with ‘Day Without Immigrants’

On Thursday, Feb. 16, you may have noticed that your favorite Mexican – or minority owned – restaurant(s) in Burien were closed, making it tough to get your favorite authentic taco or burrito. That’s... [Read more]

Students at Hazel Valley School get Valentine greetings from Teachers Tues.

Students at Hazel Valley School get Valentine greetings from Teachers Tues.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day), Teachers at Burien’s Hazel Valley Elementary School greeted students with welcome signs and cheers as they arrived on campus to send a message of inclusion... [Read more]

Trump sanctuary cities order has no effect on Burien ordinance, city attorney says

Trump sanctuary cities order has no effect on Burien ordinance, city attorney says

By Jack Mayne Nothing in the recently passed Burien ordinance making the city an immigration sanctuary will run afoul of the recent order from President Trump regarding the punishment of sanctuary cities. Simply... [Read more]

Burien City Council passes ‘sanctuary’ law that protects immigration status

Burien City Council passes ‘sanctuary’ law that protects immigration status

By Jack Mayne A loudly clapping and cheering audience at the Burien City Council meeting Monday night (Jan. 9) welcomed the 4–3 vote approving a revised ordinance that said city officials, police and... [Read more]

Divided Burien Council passes sanctuary ordinance

Divided Burien Council passes sanctuary ordinance

UPDATE Wed. Dec. 21, 2016: Due to a legal technicality announced Wednesday by City Attorney Lisa Marshall, Burien’s ‘Sanctuary City’ ordinance that was approved by a 3-2 vote at Monday... [Read more]