Wash. State’s Attorney General Leads 18-State Coalition In Suing Trump Admin.
Over family separations at border
June 27, 2018
Lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Images of protests against the Trump Administration's policy of seperating families at the border. Photos: Youtube
(SEATTLE, WA. — It’s beginning to look like the “Greatest Hits” CD of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The one named Déjà vu.
On Tuesday Ferguson filed an expected multi-state lawsuit; a big fat one that challenges the Trump Administration’s policy of forced family separation on this nation’s southern border.
A total of 16 states and the District of Columbia joined in as participating partners: Massachusetts, California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
“This case, like all our cases against this Administration, says something important about who we are as a people,” Ferguson said in a statement issued by his office. “We will stand up for the Constitution, basic decency and fundamental American values. My office has not yet lost a lawsuit to the Trump Administration, and we do not intend to lose this one.”
Ferguson is right about that winning streak. The legal pugilist is the first round knock-out king in his weight division when it comes to suing the feds, which would appear to indicate that he’s a pretty sharp barrister when it comes to such matters or the feds are pretty stupid or perhaps a combination of the two. If you're the religious type, you might also consider divine providence coming in to play in such matters.
Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee announced that the lawsuit would be filed at a news conference last week, outside the federal prison in SeaTac, Washington.
In that fine taxpayer funded facility the feds were detaining “dozens of women after forcibly separating their children from them,” according to Ferguson’s office.
Among other claims, this multi-state legal action alleges the Trump Administration violated our nation’s constitutional due process rights of the parents and children by separating them without any finding that the parents pose a threat to the kids.
The states also argue that the Administration has been violating federal asylum laws by turning away families that show up at ports of entry seeking asylum.
As a wave of shocking, heart-tugging news images of families being separated hit American TV and the newspapers, last Wednesday the President issued an order purporting to end his family separation policy.
But, “Following a close review of the order, the Attorney General’s Office found two significant problems. First, the order does nothing to reunify families already torn apart by the Trump Administration’s policy. Second, the order is riddled with so many caveats as to be meaningless,” said the statement from Ferguson’s office.
Ferguson, who is on a major win streak of 9 wins - no losses against the Feds has now filed a total of 27 lawsuits against the Trump Administration.