There were ICE raids reported today, February 10, 2017, in Van Nuys, CA after the reports in Los Angeles, yesterday. ICE officials confirmed that they arrested more than 160 people in six California counties over the last five days.
Today, Washington became the first state to challenge the President’s order. Attorney General Bob Ferguson argued before Judge Robert that the Executive Order violates not only the U.S. Constitution but also the federal Immigration and Nationality Act. Behind Ferguson stood a lot of other institutions affected by the consequences of the implementation of the order.
Other states such as Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia challenged the order.
Judge Robart, who was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush in 2003, ruled that Ferguson had met the high standards necessary to block the Executive Order until the court reaches the merits of the lawsuit.
“No one is above the law — not even the President.” – Attorney General Bob Ferguson
For more information, please visit the official website of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Washington.
For every action, there is a reaction… nearly 50 cases were filed only between January 28, a day after Trump Administration issued the executive orders on immigration, and January 31, 2017. There are ongoing cases but for legal professionals, these names will mean something one day, hopefully…Darweesh, Loughalam, Vayeghan, Aziz, Doe, Sarsour, Ali, Mohamed… all v. Trump. It will be interesting to follow the outcome of these cases spread over nationwide.
Moreover, on February 1, 2017, in Seattle, civil and immigrant rights groups asked a federal court to lift the unconstitutional ban. Going beyond the imaginable, government has suspended action on all pending immigration applications for individuals from the seven countries identified in the executive order for 90 days and imposed an “extreme vetting” of people applying for citizenship and permanent residency under the executive order that violates federal laws and due process.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a final rule to improve the ability of certain promising start-up founders to begin growing their companies within the United States and help improve our nation’s economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation.