BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday morning that her office is joining local education leaders in filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“Over the past three days, my office has closely reviewed the language of the order and its many impacts on our state and our people,” said Healey in a noon press conference. “The executive order is harmful, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.”

The Democrat said her office filed the lawsuit Saturday night.

“It discriminates on the basis of religion and national origin, denies our residents access to due process and equal protection of the law, and violates federal immigration law,” Healey said of Trump’s order.

The lawsuit is in response to the executive order signed by President Trump on Friday that barred immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and blocked refugees from entering the country for 120 days.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued a statement saying his office supports AG Healey’s lawsuit.

She said her office first learned of detentions at Logan Airport on Saturday afternoon, including the holding of two UMass engineering professors who were returning from a conference abroad.

“They are training the next generation of Massachusetts engineers,” she said. “But with the wave of a pen, the president’s executive order kept them and thousands of others from coming home.”

Healey was joined at the press conference by several local academic, business, medicine, and advocacy leaders, including UMass President Marty Meehan, who said the executive order undermined the university’s mission.

“By filing this suit today, we are fighting for the principles that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom for the world,” Healey said.

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

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Comments (5)
  1. Why didn’t you sue Barrack Hussain Obama for stealing my health insurance premiums and giving them to the illegal aliens? I spend OVER $21K in premiums, A $7,500.00/ year deductible before my insurance kicks in! Why don’t you sue Suzanne TAX CHEAT Bump for evasion of TAXES?

  2. She’s too busy fending off her own lawsuits by the NRA, GOAL, and other licensed gun owners in the state who were denied due process by her office while she abused and wasted our tax dollars in the process. Making people defenseless doesn’t stop crime.

    1. When you said she’s fending off lawsuits by the NRA is when I stopped reading. You NEOCON’s got some big brass ones, I’ll give you that. Maybe you should do some real fact checking before you post mindless dribble. News flash 90% of Americans live in major cities – we do set the rule of law, and will take back our country from you mindless, incompetent rednecks.

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