The state of Washington, through its attorney general and governor, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the executive order issued by President Donald Trump imposing new restrictions on travel to the U.S.

The lawsuit seeks to enjoin and invalidate certain provisions of the order that violate either federal law or the U.S. Constitution.

Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn indicated to the attorney general of Washington that Delaware will provide assistance to Washington with its lawsuit. That assistance will be focused on the gathering of factual information from Delaware residents, businesses and institutions detailing the impact that the challenged provisions of the order are having on them. This information could be used by the state of Washington as support for the nationwide relief it is seeking, or if appropriate could become a basis for Delaware to have a more formal role in the litigation.

Former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey, of the Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella law firm; Christine DiGuglielmo, of the Weil, Gotshal and Manges law firm; and Martin S. Lessner, of the Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor law firm, will represent the state of Delaware free of charge as special assistant attorneys general for purposes of gathering this information for the state of Washington litigation.

Their willingness to assist the state free of charge will not only bring experience and judgment to this effort, but it will also allow Delaware to work with the state of Washington without expanding the workload of full-time Department of Justice deputies. Additional private attorneys may be appointed as special assistants to assist with this work, also on a pro bono publico basis.

Proper screening of travelers to the U.S. and homeland security are important federal functions, which should be carried out by the federal government thoughtfully and responsibly. Denn said he hopes that Delaware can help this state of Washington litigation to result in a carefully crafted and thoughtfully implemented federal immigration policy that protects Americans’ safety and also comports with the law and Constitution.

Delaware residents who wish to provide information to the state for use in the state of Washington lawsuit may do so by calling 577-5400 or emailing publictrust@state.de.us.