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King County seeks to allocate $750,000 to help immigrants

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King County Executive Dow Constantine: “We have this much taxpayer money for illegals!”

Only in America: Illegally enter our country and the proggies will use taxpayer dollars to defend your “human rights.” Ain’t it grand?

From the Seattle Times: King County may allocate $750,000 to help immigrants become U.S. citizens and to educate them about their rights.

County Executive Dow Constantine plans to propose legislation to make the money available. Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott plans to sponsor it.  They held a news conference Wednesday, but the legislation wasn’t yet available.

The money would be used for three purposes, according to Constantine and McDermott: to provide free guidance to immigrants seeking to become citizens, to develop and distribute “know your rights” materials and to boost outreach and education work carried out by community organizations that serve immigrants.

Constantine and McDermott say the legislation would create a “legal defense fund,” because it would pay for naturalization assistance. But that may be a stretch. Some other local governments, such as Los Angeles, are spending money to actually provide people facing deportation with immigration-court lawyers.

That doesn’t appear to be what Constantine has in mind, though McDermott said some of King County’s money would likely go to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which provides immigration-court representation, among other services.

Constantine linked the plan to President Donald Trump’s recent actions on immigration. “People in our community are afraid — afraid for their human rights, their families, and their safety,” he said in a statement. “Our message to the White House, the country, and the rest of the world is clear: We proudly uphold the fundamental American promise that we are — and will be — a nation of hope, freedom, and opportunity for all.

In an interview, McDermott said he views the legislation not only as a response to Trump’s actions but also as an investment in the people of the county. “Almost one-fourth of our residents are foreign-born,” he said.

Seattle is spending $250,000 to help immigrants and refugees navigate life under the Trump administration, with a focus on children in the city’s public schools. Mayor Ed Murray announced the allocation in November, details of his plan were still being hammered out last month. The City Council adopted a resolution last month that says the city will work to create a legal-defense fund.

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Candidate McDermott: Intent for “military assault weapons” is to murder

You can tell from this guy’s language that he has probably never fired an “assault weapon.”

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Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott is a current King County Council member and has decided to run to replace Democratic Senator “Baghdad” Jim McDermott (no relation). He’s also taking on one of the proggies’ favorite topics: gun control.

He told MyNorthwest.com: “I have 15 years of experience, both serving a decade in the Washington state Legislature — the House and the Senate — and the last five years on the King County Council achieving progressive results,” McDermott said. “That’s what I will take with me to Congress.”

In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz Show, McDermott maintains he’ll go after gun manufacturers. McDermott spit out the standard gun control narrative: “The 30,000 (gun) deaths a year in our country happen because of the proliferation of weapons, and the type of weapons and the market and sales,” he told Rantz. “I believe this nation needs laws that allow for gun manufacturers to be held criminally and financially liable for their weapons in our streets.”

Jason Rantz did challenge McDermott’s perception of guns, telling him that 2/3 of gun violence is suicides and in Washington that number is closer to 80 percent. Rantz questioned how gun manufacturers should be responsible.

McDermott told him, “Gun manufacturers aren’t liable for every death, but things like assault weapons and large magazines are truly designed just for the ability to kill and harm a large number of people in a short period of time,” he said.  He went on: “I don’t know what other intent there is to have military assault weapons that can fire off that many rounds continuously,” McDermott said.

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And McDermott spouted off more of the proggie narrative: The county council member clarified that he is not talking about hunting rifles and handguns, rather military-style assault weapons that can carry large amounts of ammunition and fire rapidly for long periods of time.

Here’s McDermott’s take on those “assault weapons”: “It’s those large capacities that I believe we need to regulate, control and ban in our country, and hold people accountable for. “(Manufacturers) are not being made responsible. I don’t know what else those weapons are intended for, and they are resulting in mass shootings that harm and kill significant numbers of people in a short period of time,” McDermott said.

He said that no one single legislative action will solve gun violence woes in the country, and pro-gun advocates will pick apart every little action. But the law has to start somewhere.

McDermott said he hasn’t had conversations with gun owners about why they purchase and own military-style weapons, or large capacity magazines. He said he hasn’t found anyone willing to engage in conversation with him about it. Jason Rantz wants to change that. He is asking any such gun owners to write into his show with their reasons for gun ownership, and any rationale for owning such military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Go here to leave a comment for McDermott or Rantz.

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