AN ORDINANCE related to how the county will honor civil immigration hold requests from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement for individuals in the custody of the department of adult and juvenile detention; and adding a new section to K.C.C. chapter 2.15.
STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. King County was renamed in honor of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., and is a "home rule" government under Article XI, Section 4, of the Washington State Constitution. Under its home rule power, the county may exercise any power and perform any function, unless preempted by state or federal law, relating to its government and affairs, including the power to regulate for the protection and rights of its inhabitants.
2. The enforcement of civil immigration laws has traditionally been, and continues to be, the responsibility primarily of the federal government. Since 2002, immigration enforcement operations have been carried out by the United States Immigration an...Click here for full text