Oregon ACLU to file lawsuit against Trump's immigration order
PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, along with several other immigrants' rights groups, will file a lawsuit this week related to President Donald Trump's immigration order.
The ACLU of Oregon, Immigrant Law Group PC, and Unite Oregon are filing the lawsuit.
The groups say Trump's travel ban, which has left many refugees in legal limbo, is unconstitutional.
They also say people have been detained at PDX and questioned for hours without a lawyer present. The lawsuit is asking a federal judge to guarantee that no further refugees are denied due process.
"We've been told that the policy of the Department of Homeland Security is to not allow attorneys into secondary interviews," said Mat Dos Santos with ACLU of Oregon.
The ACLU is suing to gain access. But not everyone thinks it's a great idea. During KATU's live stream of Wednesday's news conference, plenty of people made it clear they do not support a lawsuit versus the president, calling it "absurd," a "waste of time and money" and "everyone is for immigration ... illegal immigration must end!"
Trump signed an executive order last week that suspended all refugee resettlement and entry to the U.S. by people from seven mainly Muslim countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya). The abrupt order led to hundreds of people being detained at U.S. airports over the weekend, after they flew into the country legally.
Washington state's attorney general announced he was suing the president earlier this week over the executive order.
Meanwhile, in Tigard, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was among hundreds of people who gathered at the Muslim Educational Trust to calm fears. The overall message was one of unity.
"We're no different from anybody else and what makes us all American is the Constitution, and we follow the Constitution as much as everybody else, so that makes us all Americans," said Salah Husein, who attended the forum.