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.
Documents filed in other Federal Courts
- February 16, 2017 - United States District Court Eastern District of New York - Brief of MA, IL, CA, CT, DE, IA, ME, MA, NM, NC, OR, RI, VT, VA, WA, and D.C. as Amici Curiae in Support of Plantiff's Request for Continuing Preliminary Relief
- February 08, 2017 Motion by Amici States For Leave to File a Memorandum of Law in Support of Petitioners United States District Court for the Easten District of Virginia No. 17-cv-116
- February 07, 2017 - United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - Brief of the States of PA, MA, NY, CA, CT, DE, IL, IA, ME, MD, NH, NM, NC, OR, RI, VT, VA, and D.C. as Amici Curiae States in Support of Plantiffs-Appellees
Documents filed with the United States District Court of Massachusetts - Immigration
- February 03, 2017 Brief of Amici Curiae Massachusetts Universities in Support of Plantiff's Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
- Declaration of Marcellette G. Williams, Ph. D. - Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations at the University of Massachusetts
- Declaration of Viktor Vejins - Chief Executive Officer at Nano-C, Inc. file size 2MB
- Declaration of Carol A. Starkey - President of the Boston Bar Association
- Declaration of Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of the City of Boston Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement
- Declaration of Glen S. Leroy - President of The Boston Architectural College
- Declaration of Eric S. Lander - Director of The Broad Institute, Inc.
- Declaration of Seth Kalvert - Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of TripAdvisor
- Declaration of Michael F. Collins, MD - Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School file size 2MB
- Declaration of Jeffrey Catalano, Esq. - President of the Massachusetts Bar Assocation
- See All Documents filed with the United States District Court of Massachusetts - Immigration