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Attorney general seeks to join suit against immigration ban; Baker backs her

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced today she is asking a federal judge in Boston to let her joint the suit by two Iranian-born professors at UMass Dartmouth who were detained at Logan Airport because of that executive order.

Harm to our institutions, our citizens, and our businesses is harm to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The President’s executive order is a threat to our Constitution. Rather than protecting our national security, it stigmatizes those who would lawfully emigrate to our state. With this policy, our global universities, hospitals, businesses and start-ups, and far too many students and residents have been put at risk. On behalf of the Commonwealth, my office is challenging the immigration ban to hold this administration accountable for its un-American, discriminatory, and reckless decision-making.

Among those supporting Healey is Gov. Charlie Baker, who said in a statement:

Massachusetts is a global community and we all benefit from the shared experiences of our partners from around the world to support our economy and educational institutions to make our state the best place to live, work and raise a family. The recent executive order puts this at risk, will not improve our security, and the lack of guidance associated with such an abrupt and overwhelming decision is problematic for all involved. Our administration has worked with the Attorney General’s office and supports her challenging this action. We look forward to the courts resolving this matter expeditiously.

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Call off the search parties, someone finally found Baker!

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Baker found a few vertebrae where his spine should be.

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AG Healy takes the lead, and while she is on national and local tv advocating for justice, as well as showing up at protests, C.Faker quietly issues a statement. C.Faker is still a coward.

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For at least 2 and very possibly 4 years, the only lifeline we have to DC is Charlie. You might not like it, but time might come when we are grasping for that lifeline. Charlie is smart enough to know that and if he's going to do his job he needs to know how to keep quiet at least for now. There are plenty of mouths ( mine included) yelling at Trump to cut the crap. His lack of action may not be popular among the alt-left, but it's the proper executive decision to best represent us until further notice.

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You mean "ball and chain". Any capitulation will result in a weakening of us, not a strengthening of anything good.

Even the freaking Koch brothers get that.

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"Alt-left" That's cute Stevil. That is a huge helping of "both sides" bullshit.

But there is zero indication that Baker will be a "lifeline" to DC. Charlie is a coward. He didn't even cast a vote for president. It is not hyperbole to say that Trump is a madman and a fascist. We need actual leadership, and Charlie is running away from leadership. Supporting Healy is not leadership. If Charlie cant or wont lead, he should step aside. Oh. wait, he already did step aside.

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Yes, because Trump is someone who rewards loyalty and deals with people on an even keel.... what have you been smoking? Trump hates Prince Charlie for not going to bat for him during the elections and the only thing he would consider doing for our Governor is giving him a Mitt Romney photo op moment for ridicule and debasement as payback.

MA hasn't had a hand in DC since the Tea Party Taliban took over Congress. And yet we're doing ok. Unless Trump thinks he can pick up and move the universities and medical industries out of the state (and all the foreign investment in real estate here) I don't think as a whole the State has much to worry about. It's all the actual people who will be screwed by Trump's policies that are at risk. And those folks can vote. So the most at risk are members of that dying species the sane-Republicans, which includes Prince Charlie.

"alt-left"....what an asshole.

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the lack of guidance associated with such an abrupt and overwhelming decision is problematic for all involved

I don't think she realizes how ironic that is coming from her given the number of civil rights groups, small businesses, legislators, citizens, federal judges, and federal agencies requesting explanations from her on various subjects.

I also don't see how MA has standing in this case. The plaintiffs most certainly do have an argument of being harmed. The state not so much.

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is from Charlie Baker's statement, as I read it.

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"Standing" would come from the plaintiffs being UMass employees. It doesn't seem like a strong connection, but I don't know. Do employers have legal standing in cases related to employees not being able to show up for work?

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Adam: Please correct the landing page. The article about the man in Quincy is showing rather than the text about the AG and Baker. Thanks.

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"Mentally deranged man repeatedly caught fantasizing and pleasuring himself in public" sounds like a fitting headline for the related news.

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Thanks.

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While I appreciate peoples’ frustration with Gov Bakers seemingly lack of action on some past issues, the fact that he is standing up for what most of us in Massachusetts – especially in the UHub areas - believe in, makes me cheer and say "THANK YOU GOVERNOR"

I do not blindly support any politician! And while I may or may not agree with our Governor or Mayor or whoever on any given issue, I refuse to abandon thoughtful consideration and thinking for myself for expedient and selfish blind hope or belief. That said, at this juncture, the actions of our Governor - and Mayor Walsh and AG Healey as well as countless others - deserve our praise and thanks for their thoughtful and courageous actions. Put away your snide commentary, look into history, look into YOUR history, and consider what is happening in our world as a direct result of the permission that Trumps' behavior provides.

These actions by the leaders of our country put fear in my heart. (Here is where the accusatory and belittling comments often come in.) While this is not the case for all who read this, I call your attention to past xenophobic behavior by our government and how it affected your ancestors. Look into your history and how this almost fascist behavior by our current leadership has in the past lead to justifying exclusionary or oppressive or inhuman behavior by our and other world governments. Is it right that race, religion, country of origin, gender and sexuality (Im sure I missed a few) are subject to government approval to the extent that the principle tenants of our Constitution are being disregarded.

Whatever guides your heart, if the current situation goes unabated, will you be facing the same scrutiny once the "easy targets" are finished? Where does it end once it starts? What will you be saying in four years if these ill-considered types of unilateral actions continue at the federal government? What will be happening to your wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters if this administration continues to strip away past efforts to protect them? What will happen to your husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers if this arrogance or power continues unabated and world conflict grows? What will happen to your jobs, homes, and security if the world says “ENOUGH” and isolates the US? Just like the banks could never fail, do you really believe that our current government is beyond taking actions that could destroy our nation?

Please, do not, out of fear, surrender your right to freedom!

Think for yourself! Inform yourself! See for yourself! Then choose for yourself! And when someone does the right thing that elevates our society, have the courage to recognize it and stand up for it! And if you disagree, do so thoughtfully and in a considered way. For a change, choose respectful thoughtful commentary rather than tawdry puerile denigrating retorts.

To that end… “Thank You Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey! Thank you!”

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Imagine if she put this much effort into fighting corruption in the legislature.

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That's a pretty big chip you're carrying around. Let me help you with that.

(short version, it may be corruption but it's not illegal, and hence not the AG's job to fix)

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