Trumps’s Muslim Ban Is Facing Some Serious Legal Challenges
A Federal Judge here in Seattle ordered an immediate halt to President Trump’s ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries on Friday. The decision was the result of a lawsuit by the Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson which challenged the executive order issued by the president. The suit was filed on grounds that the order is unconstitutional, and negatively impacts business in a state which relies heavily on highly skilled tech workers who tend to be more diverse in backgrounds. From the Seattle Times:
The lawsuit — the first challenge of Trump’s order to be brought by a state — is backed by declarations from Seattle-based Amazon.com and Bellevue-based Expedia, testifying to negative impacts of Trump’s order on their businesses and employees. The lawsuit says Trump’s executive order violates constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and equal protection.
Washington state is the first state to issue a challenge, but they wouldn’t be the last.
Silicon Valley Joins the Party
The Washington Post is reporting that a slew of big name silicon valley tech companies are are also challenging the ban:
On Sunday night, Google, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Netflix and other prominent tech companies are planning to file legal brief opposing the administration’s contentious entry ban, according to people familiar with the matter. The brief comes at the end of a week of nationwide protests against the plan — as well as a flurry of activity in Silicon Valley, a region that sees immigration as central to its identity as an innovation hub.
According to the think-tank Joint Venture, who studies this data, approximately 37 percent of the workforce in Silicon Valley is born in another country. The ban has affected vastly greater numbers of visa holders than are being claimed by the White House.
White House Lashes Back
Trump predictably lashed out at the judge, insulting his capacity at his job. He also suggested that it would be on the judge if somehow some kind of attack were to happen here.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
Trump continues to view the system of checks and balances that our system provides as a threat to him personally, and by making these kinds of statements, he only serves to increase deep divisions in our society.
We will if these challenges hold up, and for how long if they do. The administration is feverishly at work on a legal challenge, and the case may ultimately end up in the Supreme Court, who would presumably be deadlocked in a ruling, though controversial cases such as these can sometimes transcend party lines.
Neither side will be backing down anytime soon.
Judge in Seattle halts Trump’s immigration order nationwide; White House vows fight