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File #: 2020-0286    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 9/1/2020 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 9/29/2020
Enactment date: Enactment #: 15685
Title: A MOTION reaffirming the King County council's support of unbanked money transfer operators and the immigrant communities they serve.
Sponsors: Dave Upthegrove, Rod Dembowski, Claudia Balducci
Attachments: 1. Motion 15685, 2. introslip-2020-0286-Banking Derisking, 3. 2020-0286_SR_Banking, 4. 2020-0286 CAIR'S Public Comment.docx
Title
A MOTION reaffirming the King County council's support of unbanked money transfer operators and the immigrant communities they serve.
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WHEREAS, money transfer operators ("MTOs") in King County, and across the United States, have been unable to secure bank accounts due to a process referred to as "bank derisking," and
WHEREAS, a recent string of armed robberies on those unbanked MTOs in SeaTac, Seattle and surrounding cities has turned the issue into a public safety concern, and
WHEREAS, East African immigrant communities in King County rely on those MTOs to send money to their loved ones abroad. Funding from remittances accounts for basic needs including food, water, shelter and education, and
WHEREAS, over the past few years, those MTOs have found it increasingly difficult to operate without bank accounts. Many have shut down, and the ones that remain transport millions of dollars in cash through SeaTac Airport each month, and
WHEREAS, those MTOs: provide culturally specific services; deliver money to remote regions not served by the large operators, including refugee camps in East Africa; provide good paying jobs; contribute to community activities; and are a valuable members of King County's small-business community, and
WHEREAS, King County has one of the largest African communities in the United States; nearly 51,000 people from sub-Saharan Africa are residents in King County, and
WHEREAS, the vast majority of our East African residents are refugees and our new residents need effective systems that will support them in staying connected to their loved ones back home, and
WHEREAS, East Africans are critical to King County's economic vitality because they purchase goods and services and run small businesses, which in turn create jobs and generate revenue for the region, and
WHEREAS, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants and religious institutions, such as mosques, also struggle to secure reliable banking services, and
WHEREAS...

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