Smith Statement on U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Upholding American Values

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Smith released the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit Court decision on Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s challenge to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. The court determined today that the recent suspension of President’s travel ban should remain in place:

February 9, 2017

“President Trump’s executive order banning refugees is in clear contradiction of America values. I am pleased to see that a three-judge panel for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling that temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order.  His reckless actions regarding refugees and visas—and insulting a federal judge—are contrary to America’s founding principles and threaten our nation’s security.  I applaud the State of Washington for bringing this lawsuit, and I will continue to advocate for smart, thoughtful policies that advance our national interests and live up to our ideals.”