Statement on President’s immigration announcement

Mayor Murray released the following statement tonight:

“Today we are passing a milestone on the road to justice. It’s a great day to be an American.

President Obama is advancing a righteous cause by giving millions of undocumented immigrants the right to work. We will defend the President’s actions against those who would seek to undo them.

This moment is about promises to keep, not promises kept. This is the beginning, not the end. We must protect farmworkers who labor in the field so that we may put food on our tables. We must protect the parents of Dreamers who work two or three jobs to put their kids through college. And we must work to ensure that immigrants have access to health care.

This journey will not be complete until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform. We must reunite families who have been torn apart. We must welcome all immigrants in our community who want to be a part of the fabric of American life. When we do this, we will act on our deepest values.”