Seattle Passes Immigration Privacy Law

March 17, 2003

Source: Asian Week

On March 17, 2003 Asian Week reported that "Seattle became one of several cities to pass an ordinance that prohibits police officers and city employees from asking any person about their immigration status. Known as Council Bill Number 114436, it amends the original legislation that was passed in 1986 which states, 'city officers and employees are directed to cooperate with, and not hinder, enforcement of federal immigration laws...' The idea to draft and pass the ordinance was spearheaded by civil rights organization Hate Free Zone Campaign (HFZ). Formed to protest hate crimes and discrimination against communities of color — especially Arabs, South Asians and East Africans — the organization worked with Seattle Councilman Nick Licata to draft the ordinance... This ordinance just brings Seattle in line with nationwide law that has been in effect since 1996."