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Wednesday, July 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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WATCH: Fagan on “illegal aliens,” Allen and Stuckart push back

In today's paper, we reported on the Spokane City Council's recent decision to add some wage protections for low-earning workers.

As the article said, Councilman Mike Fagan was not a fan of the new law, and was not shy about telling everyone. His issue with the proposed ordinance was that he saw it as adding protections for undocumented immigrant workers, who he suggested would unlawfully benefit from the ordinance.

“We’re actually extending protections to illegal aliens once again,” Fagan said. “Those people are not supposed to be here to begin with. Those employers should not be employing those people, so why are we even discussing that?”

Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilman Mike Allen both pushed back against Fagan's claims, which you can watch below. 

In the end, Fagan was the only council member to vote against the ordinance. It passed 6-1.




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Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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