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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. (Credit: KOMO-TV)

Attorney General Coming to Gonzaga to Discuss Immigration Case

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson will discuss the case that placed him and the state of Washington in the center of the national debate on immigration during a free, public forum at Gonzaga this week.

Ferguson and his staff filed a lawsuit to halt enforcement of President Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration and refugees shortly after it was issued in January. As a result, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle suspended the ban and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate it.

His presentation will be at noon March 24 in the Barbieri Courtroom at the Gonzaga University School of Law.

According to a press release, Ferguson holds that the original suit, and restraining order, also applies to Trump’s revised executive order, issued March 6. A federal judge in Hawaii blocked implementation of that new executive order to ban U.S. travel for all refugees and immigrants from six countries.

Ferguson will discuss the legal and constitutional aspects of the case and will take questions from the audience following his presentation, according to the release.

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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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