City Says Seattle Shipped Migrants to Their Church, Overwhelming Resources

By Bo Beard | May 30, 2024

Tukwila's migrant crisis

A pastor near Seattle called on local authorities to recognize their role in an influx of migrants and declare a state of emergency after thousands of asylum seekers were brought to the suburban town of Tukwila. 

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The Seattle Times article "Seattle isn't acknowledging Tukwila's migrant crisis. But it originated here" highlights the challenges faced by a small church in Tukwila, Washington, situated south of Seattle.

Temporary housing

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Initially anticipating temporary housing for migrants until government aid arrived, the pastor found herself continuously receiving migrants at her shelter in Tukwila, with the Seattle Police Department sending individuals for 18 months despite her appeals and depleting resources.