Sen. Ericksen discusses “sanctuary” policies and U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on King County

Sen. Doug Ericksen took to the airwaves Tuesday, Feb. 11, to discuss the U.S. Department of Justice’s crackdown on King County “sanctuary” policies. King County is among targets of a Justice Department effort to end local-government obstruction of immigration enforcement. King County policies bar cooperation between local agencies and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Ericksen opposed a measure passed by the Legislature in 2019 that requires every local government in the state to implement policies similar to King County.

Ericksen said Tuesday, “Attorney General Barr is ramping up the effort right now on these rogue cities, counties and states that are refusing to work with the federal government to enforce immigration law. It’s overdue, and I am glad the Trump Administration is getting there. I think this is really the first step in a much larger campaign.”

On Monday, Feb. 10, U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced plans for lawsuits and other sanctions against state and local governments that obstruct the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.” At the same time, U.S. Attorneys in this state announced a lawsuit targeting King County’s refusal to allow ICE flights in and out of Boeing Field.

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