When Joy saw me with pencil and paper in hand, she asked if I was taking notes for our community of Quakers.
Well, yes, sort of. Drawing while listening actually helps me take in and
Our Washington State attorney general, Bob Ferguson,
received a standing ovation from the packed Methodist church at 7:00
am this morning. I sketched while he
Here are some things I remember him
Trump's executive order banning
immigrants from certain countries was not entirely unexpected, given
his campaign speeches. So the attorney general's office was geared up
for quick action. The order came out on Friday evening; the attorney
general's team spent the weekend, literally night and day, looking at
the order carefully to determine it's legality, putting together the
case, and gathering support from Industries and businesses that were
adversely affected, such as Amazon and the University of WA. That
way, they were ready to file an injunction before the end of the
business day on Monday.
What I did not know, is that
Obama had apparently tried a similar executive order with no
better success. “It's not about Trump or Obama”, Ferguson said,
“It's about the law.” Trump's legal team made the claim in their
brief that the president's order was not subject to the law. They
confirmed this by telephone at the hearing. Even the president is
not above the law. That's why we have a checks and balances
Trump's claim that the executive order
was for “national security” was disputed because :
1.The head of Homeland Security stated
that banning people by national origin actually makes America less
safe from terrorist attacks.
2.When an action or law is challenged
legally, the courts look at the intent of the law. Because Trump had
stated in his campaign that he would ban Muslims, it was clear to the
court that his executive order was indeed based on religious
The WA State Attorney's Office has put
out a 100 page advisory for cities and institutions (such as schools)
who are concerned about cooperation with ICE. The attorny's office is working with the mayor of Seattle around becoming a sanctuary city.
Trump's claim he will roll back
regulations aimed at environmental safeguards (instituted by the Obama administration) will be legally unenforceable.