Revised Executive Order Media Availability

Gov. Inslee took questions Monday on President Trump’s revised travel ban

REMARKS AS DELIVERED:

We know that Washington can legitimately taste real victories today.

A victory for the United States Constitution.

A victory for our businesses to do business around the world.

A victory for our University, to have our researchers and students continue their great work.

A victory for families to not have the cruelty and chaos that were inflicted by President Trump to be eliminated.

These are real and meaningful victories.

They’ve occurred because of the great work of our Attorney General, and our court system which held President Trump to account for his unconstitutional, mean-spirited, and thoughtless action.

The President has backed down; he has been forced to back down.

He has been forced to back down on Syria.

He has been forced to back down on Iraq.

He has been forced to back down on his attempt to prioritize one religion over another.

He has been forced to back down on those who hold green cards and have visas.

This is a substantial retreat by the President.

It happened because we stood up as a state against this unconstitutional action.

I might note that the President said he would see us in court.

That bombast has now been reduced, because we saw him in court, and the results are clear.

This action now rescinds, revokes the previous executive order.

They won’t be seeing us anywhere, except in the victory circle.

Now, we still know however though, that real harm was done by this.

Families were inconvenienced, researchers were stopped, businesses were intruded upon.

That is regrettable.

We also know that we still have major concerns about even this re-worked order.

This new order maintains the President’s mean-spirited approach.

It is in keeping with his expressed intention to have a Muslim ban.

And it still concerns our ability of our state to hew to our values.

Our values in our state are to allow researchers to do HIV research without being impeded.

To allow our businesses to do business around the world.

To allow our families to be able to visit loved ones when they are sick.

And unfortunately, this order continues to create problems with those Washingtonians.

The new order is not in keeping with the basic core values of this country.

It further reduces our nation’s already meager assistance to those who are fleeing extreme violence, and this is very disappointing.

The president wants to cut in half the compassion that we have shown for people fleeing the civil war in Syria.

That’s untenable.

Our nation is one based on compassion and empathy for refugees from war-torn areas.

Our nation’s compassion and our empathy was not cut in half the day Donald Trump took the oath as the President of the United States.

This order I do not believe advances our national security, it actually continues to retard it.

It purports to improve a vetting process that is already more rigorous than any other, while giving ammunition to the most extreme terrorist groups who continue to argue that somehow America is opposed to the Muslim world when in fact we are allied with the Muslim world in fighting against terrorism.

We have now two separate analysis from the Department of Homeland Security itself, which has concluded there is not a national security rationale for this order.

But going forward, we’re going to continue to do what we’ve done in the past.

We will stand up for the rights of Washingtonians, and we will do it in a thoughtful manner.

And that is why I’m glad the Attorney General is now doing a thoughtful review of the options that are now before us.

I spoke to the Attorney General this morning, and I’m confident that his team is going to do a thorough analysis of this, and make the right decisions about our future course.

But I do believe we know this already about this: we know that states can, and need to be resolute and diligent protectors of the rights of our citizens.

We know that we need to continue to fight the battles against a president who has been erratic and unhinged.

We know we have battles on health care, to keep the health care of our Washingtonians from being jeopardized.

We know we have battles to continue our effort to follow science on climate change.

We know we have battles to protect people against bullying for our transgendered students in our states.

This has been a lesson in diligence, creativity, and a little dose of courage to stand up for our people.

And we will find the right way to continue to do that.


Gov. Jay Inslee answering questions from reporters during a media availability in the governor’s conference room in Olympia, Wash., March 6, 2017 (Official Governor’s Office Photo)