Seattle federal judge blocks immigration ban


Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against President Trump.

A court of appeals rejected President Donald Trump’s appeal of a Seattle federal judge’s Friday ruling, blocking Trump’s immigration ban.

U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled in favor of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit against the executive order on Friday, according to court records. This lawsuit creates a restraining order against the president from the state of Washington, according to the lawsuit.

Trump sent out a tweet soon after calling Ferguson a “so-called judge” and stating that his “opinion” would surely be overturned.

“What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?” Trump tweeted.

Robart asked U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Bennet about the rationality of the executive order, since immigrants or refugees from the seven countries have not been arrested for planning or committing any terrorist attacks in the country.

The most recent notice of appeal now not only includes Washington, but also Minnesota. The appeal is filed against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and its secretary John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the United States of America.

Joining lawsuits in their own states, Virginia, New York and Massachusetts attorneys general have begun to stand against Trump and his cabinet members.

Department of Homeland Security officials issued a response in compliance to the executive order. They will execute Trump’s immigration laws and treat all they encounter “humanely and with professionalism,” according to their website.

“No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the U.S. or to demand immigration benefits in the U.S.,” according to the website.

Washington-based companies Amazon and Expedia both support the state’s lawsuit against the restraining order.

Ferguson said earlier last week that he would be looking into ways to stop the Trump administration from punishing local governments of sanctuary cities as well.

Many cities around the greater Seattle area are sanctuary cities. East of the Cascades, Spokane, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Chelan and Yakima counties are all considered sanctuary. The only sanctuary city is Sunnyside, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

At the last Pullman City Council meeting on Tuesday, many community members urged council members to make Pullman a sanctuary city during a public forum. The WSU Faculty Senate also discussed the possibility of making WSU a sanctuary campus during its Jan. 12 meeting.