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Clinton Appointed Judge Blocks Trump Order That Lets States, Cities Reject Refugees

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Judge Blocks Trump Order That Lets States, Cities Reject Refugees

A federal judge issued an injunction Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump that would allow states and cities to turn away foreign refugees, saying the measure is most likely illegal.

Maryland District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte granted the restraining order against Trump’s executive order, issued last September, until the legal challenges are resolved. The presidential order had been set to take effect in a few days.

The ruling is a victory for refugee advocates who feared the order would grant veto power against refugee settlement.

“[The order] does not appear to serve the overall public interest,” Messitte wrote in a 31-page decision. “Refugee resettlement activity should go forward as it developed for the almost 40 years before [Trump’s order] was announced.”

Trump said the order is intended to give U.S. communities a say in deciding whether they want to accept refugees from war-torn nations and migrants fleeing persecution. Resettlement agencies argue that giving local-level officials vet power dismantles an existing network of support and threatens refugees’ access to housing, employment and English language classes.

The order calls for “a process to determine whether the state and locality both consent, in writing … before refugees are resettled.”

Forty-two state governors and more than 100 local governments have indicated they welcome refugees. Texas, which received more refugees than any other state last year, said this month it won’t accept any new refugees. Gov. Greg Abbott said the state has “carried more than its share.”



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    Nicki

    January 15, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Are these refugees going to live with the supporters? Who’s going to pay for their care??

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      Allen Morgan

      January 18, 2020 at 1:23 PM

      Not only do the Democrats not take their own money to support the illegal invaders, but try to force us to pay for many years or lifetimes of taxpayer money paying their living expenses. Democrats core belief: they believe they know better how to spend our hard earned money than we do.

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      Huapakechi

      January 18, 2020 at 1:56 PM

      Taxpayers. The liberals don’t provide their money for the causes they support.

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    Leon Myers

    January 18, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    All refugees (bad word they are invaders to a sovereign nation) should not be allowed in any states. This judge has over reached his authority for these invaders are not citizens and should not just be disallowed in a state they should be immediately caught, jailed for crossing the border, make them build the wall, then put them on the other side. If they come again SHOOT them for invading.

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    Huapakechi

    January 18, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    *** saying the measure is most likely illegal***

    This “judge” is so knowledgeable that he can’t be bothered to cite the appropriate statutes that makes the President’s executive order? He is making rulings based on his feelings rather than law. He needs replaced ASAP.

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      Silver Fox

      January 19, 2020 at 5:04 AM

      The ‘judge ‘ is making a ruling on his political party preference. That is the reason for the vague wording. Maybe a socialist democrat paid by the Clintons.😡

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