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File #: 2017-0481    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/6/2017 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 1/29/2018
Enactment date: 2/5/2018 Enactment #: 18653
Title: AN ORDINANCE related to the establishment of a King County immigrant and refugee commission; and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 2.
Sponsors: Larry Gossett, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rod Dembowski, Claudia Balducci
Indexes: immigration
Code sections: 2 -
Attachments: 1. 18653.pdf, 2. 2017-0481_SR_Immigrant_Refugee_Commission.docx, 3. 2017-0481-ATT2_Advancing Equity and Opportunity for King County Immigrant and Refugees - I&R Task Force Report - July 2016.pdf
Staff: Reed, Mike
Clerk 11/02/2017
AN ORDINANCE related to the establishment of a King County immigrant and refugee commission; and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 2.
1. On November 10, 2009, the council committed to provide county services to all residents, irrespective of immigrant status by adopting Ordinance 16692, prohibiting the county's office, department, employee, agency or agent to use citizenship or immigration status of any individual from conditioning provision of county services and also prohibiting the sheriff's office from requesting specific documents relating to a person's civil immigration status for the sole purpose of determining whether the individual has violated federal civil immigration laws.
2. On October 11, 2010, Ordinance 16948, also referred to as the "Equity and Social Justice Ordinance," was enacted establishing equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that intentionally applies the countywide strategic plan's principle of "fair and just" in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities.
3. On June 30, 2014, the executive transmitted a report that included analysis, recommendations, and an action plan to increase access to Limited English Proficiency ("LEP") populations as required by the council through a 2014 budget proviso, in Ordinance 17695, Section 18, Proviso P3. The report evaluated outreach strategies that can be used to engage LEP populations, pros and cons for developing centralized resources and strategies to coordinate translation efforts and other service categories across all departments, agencies and offices.
4. On July 21, 2015, Ordinance 18085 was enacted directing the executive to convene a task force to develop a final report with recommendations on the creation of an immigrant and refugee commission.
5. The members of the task force were appointed in October 2015 and, as required by Ordinance 18085, a...

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