Patrick Wicklund doesn’t mind the rain.
The former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee stood outside the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle on Friday holding a sign that read “I’m with Bob and immigrants” as Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson argued the state’s case in a lawsuit to halt President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration.
Washington, with support from tech giants Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft, was the first state to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday. The suit seeks to immediately suspend the president’s order blocking the entry of people from seven majority-Muslim countries to the U.S.
“I think it’s important to show politicians when they’re doing the right thing and I think that Bob Ferguson is doing the right thing by standing up for immigrants,” Wicklund said. “It is the foundation of our country that we welcome immigrants here, so I’m here today to show support notably for the Attorney General’s Office but also for immigrants.”
Wicklund was the lone protester on the wet and cool day. And sometime after 3 p.m. he was nowhere to be seen. But he returned 15 minutes later with a Starbucks beverage.
Update: Read more on the judge’s ruling approving Washington state’s restraining order.