Judge temporarily blocks Trump executive order on refugee refusal in lawsuit by faith-based groups

By The Christian Post

Syrian refugees stuck between the Jordanian and Syrian borders wait to cross into Jordan in this undated photo. | Reuters

A federal judge has put a halt to an executive order that allowed local and state governments to prohibit the resettlement of refugees, siding with a coalition of faith-based charity groups.

U.S. District Court Judge Peter Messitte of the District of Maryland granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the executive order in response to a lawsuit filed by Church World Service, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and HIAS, a Jewish group.

In his decision, Messitte argued that “giving states and local governments the power to consent to the resettlement of refugees … flies in the face of clear congressional intent, as expressed in the legislative history of the statute.”

Source:The Christian Post