Judge Blocks Trump's Executive Order Allowing Local Officials To Reject Refugees

NPR.org | 1/15/2020 | Staff
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A federal judge in Maryland has blocked the Trump administration's executive order letting state and local governments turn away refugees from resettling in their communities.

A federal judge in Maryland has blocked the Trump administration's executive order allowing state and local governments to turn away refugees from resettling in their communities.

September - President - Trump - Groups - Places

In September, President Trump announced that groups that help refugees find places to live must first get written consent from local and state jurisdictions before resettling them.

Immigration advocates challenged the executive order in federal court, calling it cruel and shortsighted.

US - District - Judge - Peter - Messitte

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte said the executive order "does not appear to serve the overall public interest."

In his 31-page opinion issued Wednesday, he wrote that the order gives states and local governments "the power to veto where refugees may be resettled — in the face of clear statutory text and structure, purpose Congressional intent, executive practice, judicial holdings and Congressional doctrine to the contrary."

Messitte - Ruling - Injunction - Enforcement - Trump

Messitte's ruling is a preliminary injunction, putting on hold enforcement of Trump's refugee resettlement order.

The White House press office released a statement that said, "This is a preposterous ruling, one more example of nationwide district court injunctions run amok, and we are expeditiously reviewing all options to protect our communities and preserve the integrity of the refugee resettlement process."

Lawyers - Advocacy - Groups - Court - Issue

Lawyers for three advocacy groups that went to court over the issue — Church World Service, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and HIAS — said in the lawsuit that Trump's move violated the Refugee Act of 1980, which declares...
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