Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

State of California sues President Donald Trump over 'unconstitutional' immigration order

Update: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit by the state against President Donald Trump, the federal department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump administration officials.

The state of California is suing President Trump over his executive order suspending visas and immigration benefits without the approval of Congress.

Ferguson and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum were two of 16 state attorneys general who released a statement Sunday calling Trump's immigration action "un-American and unlawful".

The lawsuit expected to be filed Monday asks the court to declare key provisions of the extreme vetting order unconstitutional, seeking to invalidate the policy nationwide, according to the Attorney General's Office. But one of the major concerns that surfaced over the weekend was how a judicial ruling might be enforced if law enforcement agencies at airports (and elsewhere) follow orders from the executive branch instead.

President Donald Trump signed the executive order on Friday.

Trump has repeatedly said the move is aimed at protecting the nation against extremists looking to attack Americans and American interests.

Local tech giant Amazon wrote a declaration in support of the suit, along with Expedia. An internal memo - known as a dissent cable - warns against the executive order that would not make the country safer, but rather could intensify potential threats.

Inslee said the "inhumanity" of Trump's order is obvious. "Resistance is not futile", Inslee says.

Governor Jay Inslee, who has spoken out against the order all weekend, said he would tell President Trump, "This is not a reality show, this is reality".

More generally, the state government also has the power to direct resources - for example to municipalities that find themselves suddenly targeted by punitive federal funding cuts - which is how the Trump administration has said it will target cities that try to shield immigrants.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal said on January 29 that two individuals were released.

Andrew Shalaby of East Bay Law filed the suit, not as a representative of the State of California, but on behalf of people in California and the United States against the President.

"Refugees are our coworkers, neighbors, friends, business owners, community leaders and family members".

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