Massachusetts AG Sues Over Trump Immigration Order

BOSTON Massachusetts on Tuesday joined a legal effort to block U.S. President Donald Trump's order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, which the state's attorney general has said is unconstitutional.

"That's just one reason why this executive order is such a threat - because it threatens the vitality, the livelihood, the lifeblood, that drives so much of MA".

The lawsuit claims Trump's order is unconstitutional because it takes away rights without due process, discriminates against people based on their country of origin and religion, and infringes on the sovereign authority of MA.

The suit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of two Iranian UMass Dartmouth professors who were detained for hours on Saturday night, despite having authorization to live and work here.

Additionally, Boston-based Oxfam America plans to join the lawsuit as a plaintiff because president Ray Offenheiser said the travel restrictions made it impossible for the global hunger relief organization to function.

NY state on Tuesday joined a similar lawsuit filed in its federal courts challenging the ban, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in statement.

She said she hoped other states across the country would do the same.

"The executive order is harmful, discriminatory and unconstitutional".

Healey announced she would be joining the suit on behalf of the state and the University of MA.

"It discriminates on the basis of religion and national origin, denies our residents access to due process and equal protection ... and violates federal immigration law", Healey said. On Monday, Washington became the first state to file a legal challenge against the executive order.

Mike Sroczynski, vice president of the Massachusetts Health and Hospitals Association, said the immigration ban, if it is allowed to stand, will have a chilling effect on recruiting researchers and doctors to come from overseas to study and practice in the U.S.

Meehan said there are 166 faculty and staff in the UMass system from the seven countries named in the Trump ban, which restricts immigration for 90 days and suspends the nation's refugee program for 120 days.

"That's not the way we as the United States should handle this sort of thing". "It is not in the interest of the United States as we look at issues of terrorism to operate this way - to not have the Secretary of Defense, Homeland Security, involved in these decisions". Mazdak Pourabdollah Tootkaboni and Arghavan Louhghalam were detained on their way home from a conference in Marseilles, France, on Saturday despite their status as lawful permanent residents.