February 1, 2017

Healey adds Mass. to federal fight against Trump immigration order

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Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Attorney General Maura Healey

Calling President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban “unconstitutional,” Attorney General Maura Healey has moved to add Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts to a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down the executive order on the grounds that it violates residents’ rights to religious freedom and due process.

The expanded complaint on behalf of the state and the University of Massachusetts will argue that Trump’s temporary halt to accepting refugees or immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries unlawfully interferes with “our economic lifeblood” and violates the constitution by giving preference to Christians from Muslim countries.

The legal action follows a weekend in which at least a handful of legal residents, including two UMass-Dartmouth engineering professors of Iranian descent, were detained at Logan International Airport as they tried to return to their homes in Massachusetts.

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