Mayor Murray statement on federal court ruling blocking DOJ decision to prevent legal support for immigrants

City of Seattle, Mayor Edward B. MurraySEATTLE (May 17, 2017) – Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement regarding U.S. District Judge Richard Jones’ ruling blocking a recent DOJ order instructing Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to “cease and desist” from assisting unrepresented immigrants in deportation proceedings:


“Once again, the courts have ruled against the Trump administration’s unconstitutional overreach. This administration continues to find new lows, this time attempting to prevent a non-profit organization from assisting immigrants in need of legal support. The unjust order targets one of our most vulnerable populations, as President Trump has done repeatedly in just five months in the White House. Thankfully, the court is again standing in his way.


“We have long valued our partnership with NWIRP and our work together to aid immigrants and refugees in our community. NWIRP executive director Jorge Baron facilitated two Know Your Rights trainings to City of Seattle staff, most recently during our Day of Action for Immigration in January. And the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs continues to work with NWIRP and other community-based organizations in developing strategies to respond to Trump’s anti-immigrant actions.


“Seattle is a welcoming city and will continue to work with organizations like NWIRP to support immigrants and refugees, and support those organizations in any way we can.”

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