On Thursday, Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson announced that he will oppose President Trump’s third travel ban that would outlaw citizens from six mainly Muslim nation to enter the U.S. The order is set to be put into effect on Wednesday.
“This one is also unlawful, and it is hurting families, businesses and universities in our state,” said Ferguson a statement Thursday. “I will continue to hold the president accountable to the rule of law.”
Ferguson’s statement reads:
“If President Trump follows through on his reported decision to cancel DACA after a six-month delay, the Washington Attorney General’s Office will file suit to halt this cruel and illegal policy and defend DACA recipients. We have been working closely with legal teams around the country, and we expect to be joined by other states in this action. As Attorney General, I will use all the legal tools at my disposal to defend the thousands of Dreamers in Washington state.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 5, 2017
Ferguson has called on the federal court for the U.S. Western District of Washington to block Trump’s third ban. Other plaintiffs include those of California, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, and Oregon.
The attorney general’s office stated that Mr. Trump’s third executive order on travel ban will basically make way for new immigration measures that would not be within the President’s authority since Congress is the only body that can enforce immigration policies.
“Congress, not the President, has the authority to make immigration laws,” Ferguson’s office said in a press release. “The latest executive order is essentially a new immigration law.”
Tech giants like Amazon and Expedia stood by Ferguson’s decision when he halted Trump’s first Travel ban in January, claiming that businesses in the state of Washington could directly feel the impact of Trump’s ban.
Now, the state’s top corporations issued a complaint about Trump’s latest travel ban.
“Large companies, including Amazon, Expedia, and Starbucks, employ many people originally from the banned countries,” the new complaint said.
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