Seattle mayor planning to sue Trump over exec orders: report

Seattle mayor planning to sue Trump over exec orders: report
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration if he doesn't get answers about President Trump's executive orders.

During his State of the City speech Tuesday, Murray is going to announce plans to officially ask the Trump administration for answers regarding his executive orders, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and sanctuary cities, Politico reported.

He plans to sue if he doesn't get answers within 20 business days.

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“We believe the rule of law is on our side, and we will take legal action if the federal government does not answer our requests in a timely manner,” Murray will say, according to prepared text of the speech provided to Politico.

Murray's aides and City Attorney Pete Holmes are planning to submit Freedom of Information Act requests to the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The city must be able to provide accurate information to immigrants and refugees and their families living in Seattle,” Murray will say.

“We will seek to determine the administration’s definition of ‘sanctuary cities’ and the enforcement actions the federal government may take against us. We will also seek detailed information about this administration’s changes to travel policy, as well as changes to immigration status, including the DACA program.”

The speech follows the detainment last week of a 23-year-old who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child and would be covered under DACA, which allows immigrants in the country illegally to stay, under a renewable two-year agreement, for school or work if they came to the U.S. as a child.

It also comes after a Seattle judge earlier this month blocked President Trump's executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. temporarily. A San Francisco-based appeals court then rejected the administration's request to life the nationwide hold on the travel ban.