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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Republic, Washington, considers becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

The City Council of Republic, Washington is mulling legislation to countermand from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639.


Jim McDevitt: Sanctuary city policies are a threat to public safety

Unfortunately, current ‘sanctuary city’ policy and directives originating from Olympia, as well as from major cities such as Seattle and Spokane, undercut not only cooperation among local, state and federal …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

‘Trump … blinked, Seattle won,’ Durkan says as police get federal funds despite ‘sanctuary city’ threats

The Trump administration, after threatening to withhold funds for Seattle in retaliation for the city’s immigration policies, has agreed to hand over the money, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan and …


Attack on Burien mayor over city’s sanctuary-city policy investigated as hate crime

King County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the alleged assault of Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta as a possible hate crime after he reported being attacked Saturday night by an unidentified man …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

Judge sides with Philadelphia in ‘sanctuary city’ fight

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

California county votes to join Trump’s ‘sanctuary’ lawsuit

Leaders of Orange County, California, voted Tuesday to join a Trump administration lawsuit against the state over its law aimed at protecting immigrants from stepped-up deportations.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Chicago asks for national halt to Trump immigration rules

Attorneys for Chicago on Monday asked a federal judge for a nationwide halt to Trump administration requirements that cities enforce tough immigration laws in order to receive some federal grants, …


Appellate ruling affirms Proposition 1 removal from November ballot

A last-ditch effort to revive the beleaguered initiative for this November’s ballot failed Friday, all but ending the possibility voters will weigh in on a policy some contend makes Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Tossed immigration initiative in Spokane will get emergency appellate review

Proposition 1, an initiative that supporters say would strip Spokane of a disputed “sanctuary city” status, will get a hearing before an appellate court commissioner Thursday as the deadline looms …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

Judge tosses ‘sanctuary city’ proposition from Spokane’s November ballot

The proposal to roll back a Spokane policy prohibiting officers from asking about immigration status will not be before voters following an order from Spokane County Superior Court Judge Julie …


Spokane recruits for committees address oil train, ‘sanctuary city’ ballot measures

Spokane lawmakers are looking for 12 people to serve on committees that will draft statements supporting and opposing the two ballot questions scheduled to be decided on this year’s ballot. …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 8:09 a.m.

‘Sanctuary city’ opponents in Spokane receiving legal, financial support from national anti-immigration groups

The political advocacy group Respect Washington has received thousands of dollars and legal advice from organizations tied to John Tanton, a Michigan-based activist who has been criticized for holding staunchly …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Trump’s sanctuary city threat triggers confusion, changes

From defiant lawsuits to reversing policies, U.S. cities and counties are zeroing in on their immigration rules to avoid losing millions in public safety dollars that the White House has …


Seattle suburb may decide repeal of ‘sanctuary city’ status

Voters in the small Seattle suburb of Burien may decide this fall whether to repeal the city’s so-called “sanctuary city” ordinance aimed at protecting immigrants.


Crime up in Pullman, an officially welcoming city

The Pullman City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night reaffirming Pullman’s commitment to being a welcoming city after language regarding immigration laws in the original proposal considered one month ago …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Spokane groups sue to keep initiative targeting ‘sanctuary city’ policy off November ballot

Six Spokane organizations have filed a lawsuit to keep an initiative targeting the city’s policy restricting police from questioning someone’s citizenship status off the November ballot.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

Cities choosing ‘welcoming’ over ‘sanctuary’ for immigrants

A rural town in south-central Idaho that’s become a hotbed of refugee support and opposition has opted to take a softer stance in affirming its role as a welcoming city …


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Trump’s ‘sanctuary-city’ order blocked by federal judge in San Francisco

A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from cities and towns that refuse …


Pendleton council decides against ‘sanctuary city’ status

The East Oregonian newspaper reported that a resident asked the Pendleton City Council to adopt an American Civil Liberties Union-endorsed list of nine policies and rules that limited local police …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Seattle suing Trump over threat to sanctuary cities

Seattle is suing President Donald Trump over his executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in …


Former opponents push Kennewick to become ‘inclusive’

Councilman Bob Parks and Latino activist Leo Perales are pushing the Kennewick City Council to adopt a resolution that declares that Kennewick welcomes all people but that Kennewick is not …


Phoenix turns down petition to adopt sanctuary city status

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday turned down a petition to adopt sanctuary status for immigrants following a contentious and emotional discussion that ended with chants against the council.


Red, blue states split over Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order

President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on “sanctuary cities” has triggered divergent actions from blue and red states, revealing the deep national divide on immigration as some move to follow his …


Texas governor blocks sheriff funds over ‘sanctuary cities’

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has blocked funding for the first time over so-called “sanctuary cities” after Austin’s sheriff stopped complying with all federal immigration detainers.


City leaders believe Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order won’t apply to Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmen Breean Beggs said Wednesday they don’t believe President Donald Trump’s executive order cutting federal funding to “sanctuary cities” will affect Spokane because officials …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Trump moves to build border wall, cut sanctuary city funds

President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration policies Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting “sanctuary …


Oregon town fails to pass sanctuary city measure

Officials in the northwestern Oregon city of Forest Grove have shot down a proposal that would have given the town sanctuary status.


Olympia adopts ‘sanctuary city’ resolution in response to presidential election

Olympia has been officially declared as a sanctuary city that will serve all residents regardless of immigration status.


Corvallis joins dozens of cities in with sanctuary measure

A small Oregon city has joined the dozens of municipalities that have passed sanctuary measures in the wake of the presidential election.


Seattle directing $250,000 to needs of immigrant students

Seattle says it will spend $250,000 to help address the needs of undocumented immigrants enrolled in the city’s public schools as well as their families.