A federal judge has temporarily banned states from denying refugees, nullifying an executive order issued by the Trump administration last year making participation in the refugee resettlement program voluntary.
Judge Peter J. Messitte of the Maryland District Court, a judge appointed to the bench by former President Bill Clinton, made his decision at the behest of refugee trafficking groups that have filed lawsuits against the White House.
“By giving States and Local Governments the power to veto where refugees may be resettled — in the face of clear statutory text and structure, purpose, Congressional intent, executive practice, judicial holdings, and Constitutional doctrine to the contrary — Order 13888 does not appear to serve the overall public interest,” Messitte wrote in his opinion.
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