SEATTLE, WA — The city of Seattle announced this week that it is suing President Donald Trump over his executive order cracking down illegal immigration (http://murray.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Seattle-Complaint-for-Declaratory-Relief.pdf). The suit, which was filed in federal court, is just the latest legal action taken against Trump and experts say there will likely be many more.
“Our lawsuit is staying true to our values,” Seattle mayor Ed Murray said during a press conference. “We value civil rights, we value the courts and we value the Constitution.”
“Apparently the Trump administration, their war on facts, has now become a war on cities,” he continued. “Let me be clear about the facts: We are not breaking any laws and we are prioritizing safety.”
In January the city of San Francisco filed suit against the Trump administration over an executive order requiring the federal government to withhold money from sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens from federal prosecution (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3439326-SF-v-Trump-complaint.html).
The executive order, the lawsuit argued, “is a severe invasion of San Francisco’s sovereignty.”
“Like so many other cities, San Francisco is a city of immigrants, many of whom are undocumented, who come here to live, work and raise families,” the lawsuit says.
“San Francisco is safer when all people, including undocumented immigrants, feel safe reporting crimes. San Francisco is healthier when all residents, including undocumented immigrants, access public health programs. And San Francisco is economically and socially stronger when all children, including undocumented immigrants, attend school,” it continued on.
Just days into his presidency, President Trump signed an executive order directing the federal government to ensure that jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration officials are not eligible to receive some federal grants.
“These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” Trump said in the executive order.
The move was a step toward honoring his promise to crack down on illegal immigration, which was a central issue of his campaign.
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced during a press conference that the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to prove that they are in compliance with federal laws that mandate cooperation with immigration officials.
The state of Washington also sued president Trump over his executive order relating to the travel ban, which would restrict travel from countries that have demonstrated a high risk for terror. A federal judge in Seattle blocked the order and an appeals court refused to reinstate it.