Attorneys General in New York, Oregon, Massachusetts and Washington deserved a standing ovation Thursday evening.
Schneiderman (D-NY), Rosenblum (D-OR), Healey (D-MA) and Ferguson (D-WA) collectively came forward and committed once again that they will take Trump’s revised travel, immigration, and refugee ban from now six Muslim-majority countries to court.
In response to Trump’s initial ban, which they strongly asserted was illegal, unconstitutional and discriminatory, the states set up a temporary restraining order which prevented the activation of the ban in their states, essentially. Trump’s initial ban was taken to court on those grounds as well, as notoriously failed.
Judge James Robart blocked this first version of the ban in February, which was upheld upon appeal at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Attorney General of Washington bordered on taunting when he said, of these wins:
‘We’ve won in court, and the president has had to honor those defeats. It’s my expectation that we will continue to prevail, and certainly my expectation that the president will continue to respect the decision of the court.’
Legal experts are somewhat divided it seems regarding whether or not the revisions that Trump made to the ban are sufficient. Most seem to assert that some of the shortcomings in terms of constitutionality have been rectified, but other issues remain. Beyond the questions of legality, the ban is undeniably discriminatory which should count as a violation of the right to freedom of religion.
Initially, Donald Trump barred immigration, travel and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In this revision, all countries except for Iraq remain.
These Attorneys General asserted that very little has changed other than the removal of Iraq and that was their reasoning for their continued opposition:
‘President Trump’s latest executive order is a Muslim ban by another name, imposing policies and protocols that once again violate the Equal Protection Clause and Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.’
Residents of Washington, New York, Oregon and Massachusetts must feel fairly good this Thursday evening as a result of the integrity their Attorneys General are showing, on a national stage.
WATCH the video below to see the Attorneys General make their statements:
Feature Image via Getty Images/Karen Ducey.