A Welcoming Community for Immigrants

​​Bellingham is an inclusive community.  The City Council passed an ordinance in February 2017 reaffirming a commitment to keeping Bellingham a safe and welcoming city by focusing resources on local needs, not on enforcing federal immigration law.  Cities have prime responsibility for delivering local services and enforcing state and local criminal laws.  Maintaining trust of all residents, and avoiding discriminatory policing, is a critical element in maintaining resident cooperation in law enforcement. The City recently established an Immigration Advisory Board to review existing legislation and practices and propose improvements.

City Ordinances, Resolutions, and Policies



Policy Discussions and Statements

Policies of the Bellingham Police Department