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Brown lines up legal ammunition to fight Trump travel restrictions

Governor urges attorney general's office to sue Trump administration over immigration executive orders.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: PARIS ACHEN - Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Thursday, Feb. 2, emphasizing the state's opposition to President Trump's immigration restrictions.SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Thursday barring the use of any state resources to enforce federal immigration policy and called on the state Attorney General's Office to sue the Trump administration over the president's executive order on immigration.

"The president's recent executive orders that divide and discriminate do not reflect the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution or the principles we stand for as Oregonians or Americans," Brown told reporters Thursday, Feb. 2, in the governor's ceremonial office. "I want to make it very clear that here in Oregon, where thousands have fought for and demanded equality, where millions have put down roots and become integral to our economy and to our culture; we will not retreat."

The governor said her order was a response to Trump's temporary ban on refugees and visa holders from several predominantly Muslim countries, but also a proactive step in anticipation of further action by the Trump administration.

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