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More than 80 elected officials from throughout King County have signed a pledge to promote safe, welcoming, and inclusive communities – regardless of a person’s immigration or refugee status, race, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, housing status, veteran status, political ideology, ancestry, or any other social identity.

King County affirms that we are a welcoming community for all – including those who come here from other countries, yearning to be free.

Read the pledge and see a list of elected officials who have signed the pledge here.

King County Ordinance

  1. Ordinance 18665; An ordinance enhancing the trust and fairness for King County immigrant communities; establishing requirements for how agencies, offices and employees will provide services to immigrants; establishing requirements for the department of adult and juvenile detention honoring of federal administrative detainers, granting access to inmates and sharing information; establishing translation assistance requirements for non-English speaking persons; providing a complaint process; establishing an immigrants and refugees fund. Click here to read the full ordinance.

  2. Ordinances related to ascertaining immigration status as it relates to the public health and safety of the residents of King County. Click here.

    Ordinance affirming the right of undocumented immigrants in King County to access and interact with the courts to resolve disputes regardless of immigration status. The ordinance adopts the policy through the King County Sheriff’s Office that individuals will not be arrested or detained based on any warrant seeking the arrest of an individual based on their immigration status. Ordinance also states that otherwise required by law, any County office, department, employee, agency, or agent shall not deny access to services to any individual or family based on immigration status. The Sheriff’s Office will not request specific documents relating to a person’s immigration status to determine if an individual has violated federal civil immigration laws. In addition, the Sheriff’s office will not initiate any inquiry or law enforcement action based solely on a person’s race, inability to speak English, or inability to understand the enforcement officer they are interacting with. The County will not deny access to Public Health Services based on immigration status.

  3. Ordinance that ends honoring civil immigration hold requests from ICE for individuals in the custody of adult and juvenile detention. Click here.

    An ordinance that severely limits the ability of US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining an individual who is in the custody of King County’s Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Ordinance restricts the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention from honoring civil immigration detainers except for individuals who have committed one or more violent crimes. Ordinance requires ICE to provide documentation and proof that the individual they wish to detain has committed one or more violent crimes that threaten security or human rights.


Going Beyond
the Pledge

In King County many of our cities have gone further and adopted ordinances and resolutions to ensure that our communities are kept safe.




Statements of Support