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Washington becomes first state to sue Trump over refugee order

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Calling it an attack on religious freedom and a threat to the state economy, the state of Washington will go to court to try and prove President Trump's order on refugees is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team has worked all weekend to prepare a lawsuit that will be filed Monday afternoon in federal court. Attorney General Ferguson said the lawsuit seeks to prove several provisions in President Trump's executive order are unconstitutional and should invalidate the entire order.

The lawsuit, billed as State of Washington versus Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, accuses the government of violating the First Amendment and several current immigration laws. The attorney general said President Trump's order not only persecutes believers in a particular religious faith, but also threatens the safety and economy of all of Washington.

Governor Jay Inslee, who has spoken out against the order all weekend, said he would tell President Trump, "This is not a reality show, this is reality."

Governor Inslee said the U.S. system of checks and balances has never been more relevant. He credited protesters and attorneys across the country with standing up for their beliefs this weekend and spurring some changes to the executive order already.

"Resistance is not futile," Governor Inslee said. "American character is one of freedom, compassion and liberty." Gov. Inslee also talked of his childhood on Bainbridge Island, where many Japanese-Americans were taken from their homes sent to internment camps during World War II.

"We've seen what can happen when our nation succumbs to fear," Gov. Inslee said.

Attorney General Ferguson also said the lawsuit will talk about the economic impact on the state, citing companies like Expedia and Amazon as companies who will have business and employees affected by president's order.

In his closing remarks, Governor Inslee expressed concerns over how the order will affect members of the Washington National Guard currently serving in the Middle East.

"I would say to President Trump, stop giving ISIS recruiting posters," Governor Inslee said.

The state hopes a federal judge will hear the case immediately, saying "time is of the essence" in this case.

You can read the lawsuit here: