Sanctuary Airports: Washington State Official Bans Deportation of Criminal Illegal Aliens

A group of undocumented immigrants being transported by ICE to airport for deportation ( Scott Olson/Getty )
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A Washington state official is banning federal immigration officials using the King County International Airport to deport criminal illegal aliens from the United States.

An executive order by King County, Washington, Executive Dow Constantine signed this week bans the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency from using the King County International Airport, commonly known as Boeing Field, to deport all illegal aliens from the country, including those convicted of crimes against Americans.

Constantine, in a statement, said his decision to ban ICE from using the airport to charter deportation flights of criminal illegal aliens is because King County “respects the rights of all people.”

“Here in King County, we are a welcoming community that respects the rights of all people,” Constantine said. “My Executive Order seeks to make sure all those who do business with King County uphold the same values.”

“Our goal is to ban flights of immigrant detainees from our publicly owned airport, and I hope members of Congress shine a light on this practice and how it is currently funded,” Constantine continued.

The executive order dictates that the county’s sanctuary city policy, which shields all illegal aliens from deportation, is extended to the King County International Airport.

In Washington state, alone, there are nearly 20 sanctuary jurisdictions that help keep illegal aliens in the state, including those convicted or charged with crimes against American citizens. The state is currently on track to ban employers from not hiring illegal aliens solely due to their illegal alien status.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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