Q&A: City Attorney Pete Holmes on Deciphering What Trump Policies Mean for Seattle

“On January 25, Trump issued this executive order vowing to yank federal funds from cities that refuse to hand over undocumented immigrants for deportation, and local politicians have remained steadfast in their message that Seattle will remain a sanctuary. Mayor Ed Murray said he is willing to risk “every penny.”

But in determining what the true consequences will be, officials like city attorney Pete Holmes are navigating murky waters, further clouded by unfettered presidential tweets. So they’re looking for answers. As announced at Murray’s State of the City address on Tuesday, Holmes filed a series of Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests with federal agencies about the administration’s immigration order—and will sue to get a response if necessary. Agencies include the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Justice. By law, they have 20 days to acknowledge the request, but a full response with documents is a process that could take months.” –Rianna Hidalgo

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