Skip to comments.Justice Department Sues King County, Washington, and King County Executive for Prohibiting U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement Contractors From Using King County International Airport
Posted on 02/10/2020 3:39:56 PM PST by ransomnote
Today, the Justice Department filed suit against King County, Washington, and King County Executive Dow Constantine challenging King County Executive Order PFC-7-1-EO, which has the purpose and intended effect of prohibiting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contractors from using King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, as a terminal for flights to remove individuals from the United States or transport immigration detainees within the country.
The Executive Order directs King County officials to “ensure that all future leases, operating permits, and other authorizations for commercial activity at King County International Airport contain a prohibition against providing aeronautical or non-aeronautical services to enterprises engaged in the business of deporting immigration detainees (except for federal government aircraft), to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.”
After the Executive Order was issued, the company providing fixed-based operator (FBO) services (fueling, aircraft maintenance, and similar services) to ICE’s contractor at Boeing Field informed the contractor that it would no longer service its flights, and no other FBO agreed to assist the contractor. As a result of similar refusals at other airports in the Seattle area, ICE’s contractor has been forced to relocate these flights to Yakima, Washington. This has created significant operational difficulties and additional costs for ICE due to: (1) the increased costs of flying in and out of Yakima’s airport, (2) the road conditions between Yakima and Tacoma, which often make transportation of detainees difficult, and (3) the inability to house detainees in or near Yakima in the event of delays or inclement weather. The lawsuit challenges the Executive Order as unlawful under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution because the Order obstructs and burdens federal activities, discriminates against federal contractors, and is expressly preempted by the federal Airline Deregulation Act, which prohibits localities such as King County from enacting or enforcing laws or regulations that relate to prices, routes, or services of air carriers.
A copy of the complaint is available here.
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Sue? Barr should be sending raiding teams!
A platoon of Marines could I’m sure secure the airport, parking facilities, etc.
So local government is even less in a position to restrict Jack.
This is the city strong arming the FBO. That is a private business. All they do is sell fuel and give ramp access and a lounge for crew. Maybe a little towing and catering as well.
Good news there and below:
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Charging that so-called “sanctuary” cities that protect illegal immigrants are jeopardizing domestic security, Attorney General Bill Barr announced a slew of additional sanctions that he called a “significant escalation” against left-wing local and state governments that obstruct the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.”
Speaking at the National Sheriffs Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., Barr said the Justice Department would immediately file multiple lawsuits against sanctuary jurisdictions, and implement new national reviews of left-wing sanctuary governments and prosecutors.
“The department is filing a complaint against the State of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS,” Barr said.
Wow, looks as though the Chinese are not the only communist enemy getting a dose.
The ChiComs took a big obvious hit and probably a big one behind closed doors.
Im sure a lot of H1B trash voted in the last election. Why should Indian and Communist Chinese H1Bs even vote for local dog catcher?
Impeachment over. Fecal matter found flying toward various Marxist fan locations.
Yeah they did.
Incoming Fecal matter found flying toward various Marxist fan locations.
Barr very busy today.
Withdraw all air traffic controllers from the King County airport. Close the facility. If it’s not open for U.S. government chartered flights, it’s not open period.
Barr very busy today.
Now, we know that he was not just playing bagpipes and wearing Kilts the last few months.
“Im sure a lot of H1B trash voted in the last election. Why should Indian and Communist Chinese H1Bs even vote for local dog catcher?”
No one, but legal American Citizens should ever vote for or against anything.
Very happy to see this. Sue ‘em into oblivion!
Shut em down until they reinstate the Feds for the extra costs to use the Yakima facility. Any jail time?
All he has to do is pull out the air traffic controllers, TSA and ICE staffers and the airport is pretty much shutdown.
Cut off funding from Feds to that airport as well. Curious how much they get each year.
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