GOP governor backs challenge to Trump executive order

GOP governor backs challenge to Trump executive order”

Baker said not allowing refugees into the country due to their religion goes against a fundamental part of the nation's beliefs.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing President Trump over his controversial executive order on immigration that she said strikes at the state's "lifeblood" in barring workers and students vital to its universities, medical centers and technology firms.

Also listed as supporters of the lawsuit were Mayor Marty Walsh and other local politicians, leadership at UMass, Boston University and Harvard, the president of Oxfam, and the CEOs of MassTLC and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association.

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Healey, a rising star among progressives, remains in the midst of a contentious campaign to rid the state of copycat assault rifles, and to force ExxonMobil to divulge how much its researchers knew about climate change while it continued to undermine the science on global warming.

Healey is one the first state attorneys general to challenge the Executive Order signed by Trump last Friday that put a 90-day ban on all immigration from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Lybia, and Syria and stopped all refugees from coming to the us for 120 days.

During Tuesday's news conference, which is scheduled for noon, Healey will be joined by UMass President Marty Meehan, Boston University President Robert Brown, Carol Rose, the president of the ACLU of MA, as well as immigrant advocates and representatives from health care and nonprofits, such as Oxfam.

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Meehan said the state's five-campus university system has 166 faculty and staff members and more than 300 students from the countries where travel is now prohibited under Trump's order. On Monday, Washington became the first state to file a legal challenge against the executive order. On behalf of the Commonwealth, my office is challenging the immigration ban to hold this administration accountable for its un-American, discriminatory, and reckless decision-making.

Mazdak Tootkaboni, a US green card holder from Iran and a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, after his release at Logan Airport on Saturday. "We look forward to the courts resolving this matter expeditiously".

In an additional (albeit less-viral) tweet Monday night, Healey also took a less-orthodox path to push back against the president's agenda - urging followers to resist Trump on his own turf.

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UMass Dartmouth associate professors Mazdak Pourabdollah Tootkaboni and Arghavan Louhghalam were detained Saturday evening after flying home from an academic conference in Paris.

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