SEATTLE (February 9, 2017) –Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Court Judge James Robert’s temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban Executive Order:
“I applaud the 9th Circuit for upholding U.S. District Court Judge James Robart’s temporary restraining order. This decision continues to block President Trump’s so-called security measures that ban people, including refugees, from coming into the United States from seven majority Muslim countries.
“I’m particularly encouraged because Judge Robart’s original ruling highlighted President Trump’s attempt to prioritize one religion over another. Today’s 9th Circuit ruling affirms that there is no place for religious hierarchy in America.”
“Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was right to file this suit. As I said immediately after Trump won the election, our values will remain intact and Seattle and Washington state will remain inclusive and welcoming.
“Attorney General Ferguson and his diligent staff stood for those values in court this week, making a clear case for inclusiveness over intolerance. We must stand up against racism and Islamophobia because discrimination against any one of us is discrimination against all of us.”