The city of Seattle is suing Donald Trump over his executive order that strips federal funding from so-called “sanctuary” cities.
Mayor Ed Murray announced the suit at a press conference Wednesday, saying the January 25th executive order violates the constitution. The suit names Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security chief John Kelly as defendants.
“Let me be clear about the president’s executive order,” Murray said. “It is violating the law. It is unconstitutional.”
Murray used the occasion to fire back at Sessions, who on Monday said “welcoming” cities like Seattle are endangering citizens. “It is particularly galling to hear the attorney general say that Seattle isn’t prioritizing safety,” he said. “When we welcome immigrants into our community, dedicate resources to helping mmigrants on a pathway to citizenship, and warmly integrate immigrant school children into our schools and classrooms, we do this because as a welcoming city, it fosters safety.”
Seattle isn’t the first city to sue Trump over this executive order. San Francisco filed the first challenge January 31, followed by Santa Clara County, CA and two Massachusetts cities, Lawrence and Chelsea.