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A federal judge has stopped an order from President Trump that allowed state and local governments the right to refuse acceptance of refugees.
According to The Hill:
A federal judge in Maryland temporarily blocked an executive order signed by President Trump
that would allow state and local governments to refuse to accept refugees.
Judge Peter J. Messitte of the Maryland District Court granted a motion from refugee groups to temporarily stay the order
while their legal challenge against the president plays out.
“By giving 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 Constitutional doctrine to the contrary — Order 13888 does not appear to serve the overall public interest,” Messitte, who was appointed by former President Clinton, wrote in his opinion.
“Granting the preliminary inductive relief Plaintiffs seek does,” he continued. “Refugee resettlement activity should go forward as it developed for the almost 40 years before Executive Order 13888 was announced.”
The judge stated that the order could deprive refugees of their best chance to build a new life.