Washington state suit against Trump's immigration Executive Order in court Friday

Friday, February 3, 2017


Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the filing of an amended complaint in State of Washington v. Trump, the state’s lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump’s immigration Executive Order as illegal and unconstitutional.

The amended complaint filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, adds the State of Minnesota as a plaintiff, under the leadership of Attorney General Lori Swanson. Ferguson’s office also filed a supplemental brief addressing Washington’s standing to bring the action.

Senior Judge James Robart will hold a hearing Friday, Feb. 3, on the state’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). Attorneys for the State of Washington and the federal government will present argument on whether implementation of the Trump Administration’s Executive Order should be suspended nationwide immediately. The court could rule on the TRO as early as the conclusion of the hearing, set for 2:30 p.m. PST in the United States Courthouse in Seattle. Media information, including court rules and information, is available here.

“No one is above the law, not even the President,” said Ferguson. “My legal team presents a strong case, detailing the constitutional weaknesses in President Trump’s unlawful Executive Order. That order is causing significant harm and demands immediate action.”


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