UPDATE: Lt. Gov. Condemns Executive Order on Immigration

Lt. Governor Habib condemned President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration in the days immediately following its signing, along with Governor Jay Inslee and other Washington state elected officials.

The executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” bans individuals from seven predominately Muslim countries from crossing U.S. borders for 90 days, and refugees crossing U.S. borders for 120 days.

The seven countries listed include Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and Sudan.

In a press conference on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Sea-Tac Airport, the Lt. Governor joined Inslee, Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Suzan Delbene, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and Seattle Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, among others, in calling the order “inhumane.” They cited the order’s targeting of a single religion, its rejection of refugees, its inevitable harm to the state’s economy, and its separation of families.

Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.

“This would have been my family,” said Habib, referencing his Iranian-American parents, who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s. “Twenty-so years ago, my father was on the road to citizenship, still a green card holder [a Lawful Permanent Resident, or LPR]. If, this past Friday, for example, he had decided to visit friends in Vancouver, B.C., he would have been barred from coming home to his family.”

Spurred by President Trump’s order, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor is actively working to connect those impacted by the executive order with legal resources and support, and will continue to stand strong in defense of the rights of immigrants and Washington residents who are imperiled by President Trump’s policies.

The order was uniformly rejected by a slate of Washington state officials, who pledged to help immigrants, welcome immigrants, and support the families of those affected by order.

“It won’t stand,” said Gov. Inslee. “This is grossly unconstitutional.”

On Monday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he is filing a lawsuit in federal court against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. The Attorney General’s complaint asks the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of Trump’s executive order.  

At Saturday’s press conference and a Sunday rally at Westlake Center in Seattle, Habib rejected the extremism and religious prejudice embodied by the order. He talked about its potential effects on Washington state’s tech economy, citing the 70 employees affected at Washington state-headquartered Microsoft alone.

“It’s barbaric,” said Habib. “It’s inhumane. And it’s the kind of behavior that we had committed decades ago to having learned was un-American.”

He also spoke of potential reciprocation from other countries and an unbalanced new world order.

“It’s barbaric,” said Habib. “It’s inhumane. And it’s the kind of behavior that we had committed decades ago to having learned was un-American.”

Spurred by President Trump’s order, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor is actively working to connect those impacted by the executive order with legal resources and support, and will continue to stand strong in defense of the rights of immigrants and Washington residents who are imperiled by President Trump’s policies.

For help, additional information, and resources, please visit the Office’s Executive Order on Immigration portal