Issues and Policies

Get the Facts about "Public Charge"

New Americans watching a video about U.S. citizenship in a Seattle City Hall room right before they pledge the Oath of Allegiance. The video features someone waving an American flag.

Learn more information about the "public charge" issue, as well as how the City of Seattle is working to oppose this cruel federal policy.

How Seattle is a Welcoming City

A multiracial group of smiling staff and volunteers most of whom are wearing blue shirts, posing as a group inside the dimly lit McCaw Hall with someone in the center of the group holding a sign that reads: SEATTLE UNITED FOR IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE FAMILIES | SEATTLE UNIDA POR LAS FAMILIAS DE LOS INMIGRANTES Y REFUGIADOS.

Find out how Seattle's values of equity and inclusion drive the City's actions in welcoming immigrants and refugees to our community.

FAQ about Local City-level Immigration Policies

Mayor Jenny Durkan (at a podium), City Attorney Pete Holmes, and councilmember M. Lorena Gonzalez standing in a line with community advocates at a press conference in support of immigrant justice.

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about immigrants and refugees, including the City's relationship to the federal government regarding these issues.

Get the Latest DACA Updates

Immigrant attendees at a community event learning about changes to the DACA program from an advocate speaking in front of a slideshow. The slide on the screen features the title: 'Organizando su Archivo.'

Updates regarding the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and how the City of Seattle is supporting DACA-eligible immigrants.

Immigrant Civic Engagement Research

In a brightly lit indoor event, a young short-haired Asian individual wearing glasses and a lanyard assists two East African older men wearing suits with unseen documents atop an unseen table outside the frame of the image.

Check out one of the largest civic engagement data sets in the country focused on immigrant and refugee communities.

Learn More about Immigrant Integration

A group of five Immigrant and Refugee Commission members testifying to City Council in Council chambers in support of the City’s proposed 2017 Welcoming Resolution.

Immigrant integration is one of the guiding principles of the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Learn about how our programs help people become New Americans.