Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trouble in Paradise? Trump Executive Order Creates a Global Firestorm of Controversy

Yesterday, co-blogger Kit Johnson posted a recap of yesterday's dramatic developments as responses unfolded to President Trump's Executive Order (Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States) on Friday. Besides a nationwide stay entered by a federal court in New York, a federal court in Boston early this morning issued a restraining order. Other courts have entered similar orders.  The ACLU of Massachusetts issued this statement about the Massachusetts federal courtorder:

Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein issued a temporary restraining order this morning on behalf of two lawful permanent residents detained at Logan Airport.

Mazdak Pourabdollah Tootkaboni and Arghavan Louhghalam—both Muslim, Iranian nationals teaching at the University of Massachusetts—were unlawfully detained upon reentering the United States. The seven-day order comes on the heels of a New York Federal District Court Judge’s stay of removal on behalf of two Iraqi nationals and others “similarly situated.”

“This is a huge victory for justice,” said Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “We told President Trump we would see him in court if he ordered this unconstitutional ban on Muslims. He tried, and federal courts in Boston and throughout the nation stopped it in its tracks.”

The petitioners were represented by the ACLU of Massachusetts’ legal director Matthew Segal, along with Kerry E. Doyle, Esq. of Grave & Doyle, and Susan Church and Heather Yountz of Demissie & Church.

View the order.

Learn more information about the case.

View the federal stay order.


CNN reports on "Executive Disorder" in the White House, with disagreement within the administration on how to enforce the Executive Order, judicial responses, division among Republican lawmakers,  protests across the United States, and a worldwide furorReuters has characterized the reaction to Trump's Executive Order as a "global backlash."  Expect commentary from academics, which is already coming (and here), to be critical.


 Photo courtesy of CNN

More, no doubt, to follow.


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