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How Your Elected Officials, and Some Really Smart Lawyers, Are Fighting Trump

How Your Elected Officials, and Some Really Smart Lawyers, Are Fighting Trump

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Washington, DC, February 1, 2017 | comments

At 4:42 p.m. EST last Friday, when President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order banning refugees and specific travelers from entering the U.S., it launched a nationwide explosion of resistance, from the airports to the streets to the courts. In Seattle, that resistance was just as swift from elected officials and attorneys as from local residents.

By early Saturday afternoon, Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire had already raced to Sea-Tac, demanding answers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, as had attorneys and staffers from the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP). By 3 p.m., more than half a dozen elected officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Mayor Ed Murray, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, and U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Suzan DelBene, had also hightailed it to the airport to use their political muscle to help prevent the deportation of any travelers from the affected countries.

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