Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office joined a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Massachusetts and private immigration lawyers challenging President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration that bans individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The AG’s intervention comes on behalf of the Commonwealth as well as the University of Massachusetts.

The lawsuit claims that the Executive Order violates federal law and calls on it to be declared unconstitutional – for taking the rights away from lawful residents as well as other visa holders without due process. According to the AG’s Office, the order discriminates against people on the basis of their country of origin and religion, without sufficient justification, and therefore violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment. 

Additionally, according to the complaint, the Executive Order violates the due process guarantee of the Fifth Amendment, violates the Establishment Clause by preferring Christian immigrants over those who are Muslim, violates the federal Administrative Procedure Act, and infringes on Massachusetts’s sovereign authority in violation of the Tenth Amendment.