Boston Judge Denies, Then Seattle Judge Extends Stay On Trump’s Immigration Order

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A federal judge denied an extension on the Boston stay against President Trump’s immigration order that temporarily bans immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Last Sunday, acting on a motion filed by the ACLU, Boston’s federal court issued an emergency seven-day stay aimed at stopping the executive order limiting immigrants’ entry into the U.S. Friday, attorneys returned for a court hearing, joined by the state Attorney General’s office and the humanitarian aid group OXFAM. Judge Nathaniel Gorton denied the extension, allowing the stay to expire Sunday.

“People need to understand that due process rights apply to everyone on American soil,” Carol Rose, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, said before the decision was handed down. “We’re hoping this order will be extended so that people can know that America remains a haven for people coming from around the world…and a place where freedom and justice for all and equal protection remain.”

Supporters of a block against Trump's immigration order gathered in Boston Friday. (Photo from WBZ-TV's Christina Hager)

Supporters of a block against Trump’s immigration order gathered in Boston Friday. (Photo from WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager)

Attorney for the U.S. Government, Joshua Press, defended Trump’s order.

“They’re essentially reading this as a Muslim ban because that’s what they want to see,” he said. “There’s nothing in here talking about Islam.”

State Solicitor Bessie Dewar, from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, called it “a prematurely sweeping order that was not based on actual fact.”

ACLU attorney Matt Segal gave a warning.

“There’s going to be substantial chaos around the world if this temporary restraining order is lifted,” he said. “What we’ve seen in the last week, people have been thrown into chaos, their lives have been upended. What we’re talking about is affecting people’s lives every day.”

Judge Nathaniel Gorton seemed skeptical of the ACLU’s arguments, saying immigration law allows the President “broad powers.” Denying the stay extension means the city must enforce Trump’s order when the temporary block expires Sunday.

However, immigrant advocates gained a victory on the West Coast late Friday.

A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

U.S. District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order Friday at the request of Washington state and Minnesota that’s effective nationwide.

Lawyers for the U.S. government argued the states don’t have standing to challenge the order and said Congress gave the president authority to make decisions on national security and admitting immigrants.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson had sued, saying the order is causing significant harm to residents and effectively mandates discrimination. Minnesota joined the suit this week.

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  1. IN REALITY THE CURRENT AG EXCEEDS THE STUPIDITY OF MARTHA…..A MORON WHO HAS NEITHER THE BRAIN OF A GREAT LAWYER NOR THE TALENT TO THINK EXCEPT WHEN SHE AND HER GAY GAL PAL REACH INTO THE POCKETS OF THE WORKERS OF MA, HOW THE HELL SHE WAS ELECTED IS THE CLARION CALL THAT MASS MUST PLACE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES INTO THE PUBLIC EYE…..THIS AG ALLOWS THE CHILDREN IN NEWTON TO BE THE TARGETS OF DEATH THREATS FROM A UTTERLY CLUELESS MAYOR SETTI WARREN,,,THE AG WOULD RATHER PICK THE TAXPAYERS POCKET AND TAKE PART IN RECKLESS FEDERAL LITIGATION…..AS WE LOOK SO DAMN DUMB AFTER TODAY’S DEFEAT IN FEDERAL COURT THAT IF A BAR EXAM Q SHE WOULD FLUCK…..TAGGED GAY GAL AND GAY PAL CONSISTENT WITH FAKE INDIANS,,,,,WAKE UP MA,,,,THIS GAL IS STUPID!

  2. Yeah she’s dolt Jordan but give her credit for one thing: she never misses a good opportunity to keep her mouth shut, she’d rather litigate that talk. Now if we could only get “Fake-ahontis” to stop rendering her opinions in public we might get some infrastructure money from the feds. “A prematurely sweeping order that was not based on actual fact.” Kinda funny hearing those words come from the A.G.’s office. That’s pretty much the way lawful gun owners feel about her trying to flush our rights away and denying public scrutiny of her actions.

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