President Donald Trump just can’t seem to catch a break with federal judges blocking his agenda.
On Wednesday, Judge Peter J. Messitte stopped the president’s latest executive order allowing states to opt out of the refugee resettlement process.
Messitte, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, countered Trump by granting a temporary stay to migrants at the request of refugee groups, according to The Hill.
“By giving States and Local Governments the power to veto where refugees may be resettled — in the face of clear statutory text and structure, purpose, Congressional intent, executive practice, judicial holdings, and Constitutional doctrine to the contrary — Order 13888 does not appear to serve the overall public interest,” Messitte said in his opinion.
“Granting the preliminary inductive relief Plaintiffs seek does,” he continued. “Refugee resettlement activity should go forward as it developed for the almost 40 years before Executive Order 13888 was announced.”
The lawsuit referred to by Messitte was originally brought forward by refugee groups Church World Service, HIAS, and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee service against the Trump administration.
Messitte justified his action to overrule Trump’s executive order by claiming that these groups could win their legal challenge. The November lawsuit by the refugee organizations argued that “the executive order undermines the existing legal framework for admitting and resettling refugees in the U.S.,” per The Hill.
“The President’s order and resulting agency actions threaten to deprive thousands of refugees of their best chance to successfully build a new life and to burden thousands of U.S. families who are waiting to reunite with their parents, children, and other relatives fleeing persecution,” they wrote in their complaint.
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