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.