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Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards Regarding Immigration

Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards Regarding Immigration


July 6, 2018



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards Regarding Immigration


“There is great concern across the country and here in Tacoma on the separation of immigrant families, and I share that concern. It’s because of this that I am proud to have joined with mayors from coast to coast, from cities large and small, mayors who are both Democrats and Republicans, to ask the President and Congress to act swiftly to reunite divided families and provide local and state leaders with full access to information regarding children separated from their parents so that we can help make sure these children get the services they need.


I want to make it clear that Tacoma remains a Welcoming City that is committed to providing immigrant and refugee communities with equitable access to City services. To aid in this effort, this year we appointed members to the City’s first Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. This Commission was created to better engage with these community members and to work with local organizations to identify and advance positive outcomes for our neighbors who are immigrants and refugees.


Last Saturday, members of our community organized multiple events to raise their voices and declare that “Families Belong Together,” and many continue to speak out. I want to thank those that have been using their time and their voices to elevate this important issue, and I urge you to continue this work. Tacoma’s strength and vibrancy depends on the wellbeing and contributions of all members of our community. While it will take all of our efforts to keep attention on this area of shared concern, I vow that I will continue to fight for the health, safety, and success of immigrants and refugees.”


Read “An Open Letter to the President of the United States and the Congress from the Nation’s Mayors Calling for the Immediate Reunification of Immigrant Children with their Families.


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