President Trump’s executive actions on immigration aren’t anything new, but there are still thousands of people and business actively protesting him. However, Monday was the first time anyone attempted to file a lawsuit over the matter. Washington State filed the lawsuit on the Trump administration with hopes to prevent the order from happening.
Many politicians are siding with the university, including Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “If successful it would have the effect of invalidating the president’s unlawful action nationwide,” Ferguson said. Ferguson’s office also revealed statements President Trump made during his campaign that dated as far back as December 2015.
The Attorney General’s office specifically brought up the time when the Trump campaign called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The lawsuit also pointed out the negative effects the order will have on the people in Washington.
The lawsuit says the ban is:
“separating Washington families, harming thousands of Washington residents, damaging Washington’s economy, hurting Washington-based companies, and undermining Washington’s sovereign interest in remaining a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.”
Several states and government officials have come together to attempt to stop what they call an “unconstitutional act” NPR.org reported that the damaged caused by this ban will be monumental:
“The Washington lawsuit also includes several media reports and interview transcripts about Trump’s ban, including his interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network that was promoted under the headline, ‘Brody File Exclusive: President Trump Says Persecuted Christians Will Be Given Priority As Refugees.’”
“Filed in federal court in Seattle, the Washington documents include an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order, saying irreparable harm will result from Trump’s executive action that bans travel from the seven Muslim-majority countries and suspends the U.S. refugee admissions program.”
The Trump administration is aware of the lawsuit and has made statements suggesting it may stir up terrorism threats and they also noted that the ban is only on countries that are Majority-Muslim. However, according to Greg Myre from NPR, the ban doesn’t “included any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.”
There will also be people on both sides of this order, but the vast amount of people who are vocal about it are against it and that is all we see. Where do you stand on the whole executive order banning immigrants? Let us know in the comments below!