Following recent events on the national stage, I want to reassure our community that nothing has changed here in Issaquah.
Our community, as always, is welcoming of all people. As your City government, we welcome all people and ideas, with the belief that we are smarter and stronger when we join together.
Similar to several sanctuary cities throughout our region and nation, Issaquah has always provided services and enforced the law equally, fairly and without discrimination toward any individual or group — regardless of immigration status.
Importantly, our Issaquah Police Department is committed to providing law enforcement services to the community without regard for racial, cultural or other differences.
As your local government, we are ensuring that all staff have clear direction not to inquire about immigration status when interacting with our community.
We want all members of our community to feel safe and secure interacting with our officers, accessing city services and engaging with us.
If you or your family feel unsafe or need assistance, or if you see harassment or hate crimes in our community, call 911 immediately.
We will always be a community that embraces diversity and welcomes all viewpoints. Thank you for your support in keeping Issaquah a safe community for everyone.
— Mayor Fred Butler