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September 24, 9:42 AM click here to comment > 1

Celebrating our new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

On October 18 we were joined by over 200 community leaders to celebrate the inauguration of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), and welcome Director Magdaleno Rose-Avila and staff member Sahar Fathi. It was one of the most diverse rooms I’ve ever been in, and the enthusiasm to partner with OIRA on their work to support immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle was inspiring.

In the short weeks that have passed since OIRA began operating, we have already had many conversations in the community about issues ranging from President Obama’s effort to support the Dreamers to concern for the safety of the Muslim and Sikh community in Seattle in the wake of high-profile international incidents. OIRA is off to a running start.

At the reception I spoke about some good news for immigrant and refugee communities in our 2013-2014 Proposed Budget. I look forward to sharing even more good news with you on Monday at 2 pm in City Hall Chambers when I deliver my budget to the City Council, and I hope you can join us to celebrate.

Pictures by: Jen Nance

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Leo Kabigting
Time September 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

Only Congress has the authority to tackle and pass immigration laws. The so called Dream Act has twice failed in the House and Senate chambers. President Obama is now using a backdoor amnesty scheme by suspending all pending deportations of those who are in our country illegally. Meanwhile we have some 23 million citizens and legal residents who are jobless and will now have to compete with these new “dreamers” with their work permits when the economy is so depressed businesses are not hiring and instead cutting back. So, these jobless dreamers will have to rely on taxpayer subsidized social benefits like food stamps. So much for supporting the Dream Act.