Listen to Dori Monson weekdays on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
Dori Monson
Mayor McGinn announced his support for young illegal immigrants to get work visas. He gave out advice in a press release and on Twitter on how to get visas and avoid deportation. (Photo:

McGinn tweets how-to for illegal immigrants seeking work visas, avoiding deportation

Mayor Mike McGinn is continuing the King County effort to make Seattle one of the biggest safe-havens in the country for illegal immigrants. On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor McGinn announced his support for young illegal immigrants working towards eligibility for work visas.

"So illegals who have not been able to get their name on the power bill," said Dori, "Mike McGinn is now calling on and ordering Seattle City Light to allow them to add their name to the electric bill so that they can prove residency."

It's all to help young illegal immigrants get work permits as part of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy launched last year. It provides a two-year reprieve from deportation along with the ability to work for unauthorized immigrants who entered the U.S. while they were younger than age 16. They must also have been younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012.

"We have an opportunity here to support immigration reform at the local level," said McGinn in a press release. "We hope other cities will follow our lead in supporting youth who are eligible for DACA.

The mayor's office said Washington has more than 40,000 residents eligible for a work authorization under the DACA program.

Earlier this week King County announced a proposed measure to stop cooperating with feds on deporting illegal criminals.

In addition, Dori learned from a listener that the University of Washington has started providing scholarships for children of illegal immigrants, through the Beyond Dreaming Foundation.

The two announcements had Dori worrying that King County would become a magnet area for illegal immigrants. Without the ability to deport those convicted of crimes, he said the measures could pose safety problems for citizens.

And as the mayor promoted the move on Twitter, Dori accused him of pandering to special interests.

"He is pandering," said Dori. "'I'm going to get the grocery union's vote - I'll stand up against Whole Foods; I'll get the NBA fans' vote, I won't demand minimum wage increase for the arena workers,' I guess he's going for the Hispanic vote today."

KIRO Radio news staff contributed to this report.

Jillian Raftery, KIRO Radio Editor
Jillian Raftery is an afternoon editor at KIRO Radio. She loves the neighborly vibe of the Pacific Northwest and spends as much time as possible outdoors.
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.