After massive countrywide protests against Trump’s prejudiced “Muslim” ban, a Federal judge finally ruled on the issue and said Trump’s Ban is unconstitutional.
A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order banning entry into the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, reported Independent.
US District Judge James Robert on Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the president’s restrictions, siding with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who claims the immigration ban is unconstitutional.
“The state has met its burden in demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury,” Robart said, according to Business Insider.
White House attorneys disagreed with the federal judge, saying that he does not have the right to question the president’s actions or intentions.
“Every President over the last thirty years has invoked this authority to suspend or impose restrictions on the entry of certain aliens or classes of aliens, in some instances including classifications based on nationality,” the response reads, claiming that foreign nationals do not have the constitutional right to enter the country.
In Attorney Ferguson’s 90-page lawsuit, the attorney general claims the Trump administration is violating the Constitution’s protections for religious freedom. The state of Minnesota has also joined the state of Washington’s lawsuit which is backed by major companies including Amazon, Expedia, and institutions of higher-education. New York and Virginia have also taken legal action against the president’s ban.
Attorney Ferguson filed his lawsuit on Monday, vowing to fight the unconstitutional ban.
“Washington has a profound interest in protecting its residents from the harms caused by the irrational discrimination embodied in the order,” Ferguson said in a brief.
“I firmly believe that no one is above the law, however, and I have a duty to protect all Washingtonians from unlawful actions that violate the Constitution,” he said. “I will continue this fight — all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary — to uphold the rule of law.”
President Trump’s order banned immigration for 90 days from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also halted the admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely along with all other refugees for 120 days.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)