Massachusetts to join court battle against Trump travel ban

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By Scott Malone | BOSTON

BOSTON Massachusetts on Tuesday plans to join a
court fight against U.S. President Donald Trump’s order banning
travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, a move that the
state’s attorney general criticized as unconstitutional.

Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, said in a posting
on Twitter late on Monday that her office would join a lawsuit
in federal court challenging the ban. A federal judge in Boston,
home to Logan International Airport, on Saturday blocked Trump’s
order from being enforced for seven days.

“We will be joining in a lawsuit challenging Trump’s
immigration order,” Healy said on Twitter. “What he did was
unconstitutional & harmful to (Massachusetts).”

Massachusetts would be following the lead of Washington
state, which said on Monday that it would be filing a lawsuit in
federal court challenging the ban on constitutional grounds.

Trump’s order halted travel by people with passports from
Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days,
and stopped the resettlement of refugees for 120 days. In an
interview with a Christian broadcaster over the weekend, Trump
said he would give preference to Syrian Christians seeking
refugee status.

The White House has described the ban as necessary “to
protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign
nationals admitted to the United States.”

Thousands of people took to the streets and airports of
major U.S. cities over the weekend to protest the move, which
also has provoked a global backlash, including criticism from
U.S. allies who view the move as discriminatory.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the
free exercise of religion.

Federal judges in five states blocked U.S. authorities over
the weekend from enforcing the order.

U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs of Massachusetts took
the strongest action by barring the detention or removal of
approved refugees, visa holders and permanent U.S. residents
entering from the seven countries for seven days. Her order also
stopped federal officials from expelling from the country two
Iranian men who teach at the University of Massachusetts at
Dartmouth.



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