January 8, 2017
Harboring or aiding an illegal alien to avoid apprehension and deportation by law enforcement is a federal crime. But that’s not stopping the left-wing mayor of Seattle who wants to make sure his city’s illegal aliens are protected from the reach of federal law.
Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, has decided the city will spend up to $250,000 to help protect illegals in his city from deportation. Murray vowed back in November after the election of Donald Trump as president that he would fight federal government efforts to enforce immigration law, and he revealed his plans last week.
A long-time supporter of corporate cheap labor hiring practices, Murray said the incoming Trump administration’s plans to deport criminal illegals and impose immigration restrictions “are a threat to Seattle’s economy and workers.” Murray singled out the need to protect illegal Muslims in the U.S. who received amnesty under President Barack Obama’s executive order known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”
In addition to using taxpayer money, he has recruited assistance from the local corporate-funded Seattle Foundation for the illegal alien protection project.The foundation has pledged $25,000 for the project according to the Seattle Times, and will raise more to help the city provide what it called “immigrant rights training” and legal assistance for illegals facing immigration law enforcment.
The Seattle Foundation is run by a group of wealthy bankers, investment financiers, and corporate advocates of cheap labor. The trustees include Terry Meyerson, executive vice president of Microsoft, David Bley, director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nathaniel T. Brown, chief financial officer of Rain City Capital, and Ann Watson, chief operating officer of Cascadia Capital, among other corporate leaders.
Attorneys from the left-wing Northwest Immigrants Rights Project will provide legal aid for the project, said the Times. The group is headed by Omar Riojas, a partner in a major national law firm specializing in commercial and business law that helps corporate giants achieve complex financing and business acquisitions.
The project will have to be careful not to run afoul of federal law. Title 8 of the U.S. Code provides criminal penalties for bringing into the country, or harboring illegal aliens. Section 1324 of that title establishes criminal penalties for any person who knowingly “conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection” any illegal alien, or who “encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.”
City Council member M. Lorena Gonzalez says she welcomes illegal aliens. “Seattle is and always will be a welcoming city to our immigrant and refugee neighbors,” she said. “Undocumented youth are some of our most vulnerable neighbors and friends.”