The state of Washington will challenge U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from some Muslim-majority states in federal court, the state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson said on Monday. Nathan Frandino reports.
Washington has become the first state to challenge President Trump's executive actions on immigration. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOB FERGUSON, WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "We're here today to announce that I'm filing a lawsuit today in federal court against President Trump, the federal Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump administration officials." This, after Trump signed orders on Friday to ban Syrian refugees indefinitely, to ban citizens from seven Mideast and African nations for 90 days, and to put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country. Protests have been building across the country ever since. It's unknown how many travelers were affected by the orders... though Trump said on Twitter Monday that only 109 people had been detained and held for questioning. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the lawsuit is straight forward. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOB FERGUSON, WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "It asks the court to declare key provisions of President Trump's executive order on immigration unconstitutional." Other challenges were filed over the weekend but by individuals and other rights groups. The White House says it's confident that the order will prevail against the challenges.