Oregon files brief supporting lawsuit against travel ban

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

SALEM – Oregon is seeking to join a federal lawsuit by Washington to challenge the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

The executive orders sought to temporarily ban refugees and visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Enforcement of the order was halted when a Washington state federal judge granted that state’s request for a temporary restraining order last week.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has signed and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Washington’s case. Another 15 states have filed similar briefs supporting the challenge. The court is expected to decide in the next several days on the Trump administration’s appeal of the restraining order

“If the appellate court upholds the TRO (temporary restraining order), which we hope it will, it is likely to send it back to the trial court in Washington state for further proceedings,” Attorney General Rosenblum said in a statement Monday. “We want to be ready to help in any way we can to establish the permanent illegality of the Executive Order.” Oregon also is coordinating with the Washington attorney genearl and will ask the Washington judge to allow Oregon to be added to the lawsuit, as soon as Tuesday, according to Rosenblum’s office.

The Washington complaint alleges that President Donald Trump’s immigration order is unconstitutional on multiple grounds, including religious and national origin discrimination.

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