Baker sides with Mass. AG on travel ban

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

BOS­TON (AP) — Mas­sachusetts Gov. Char­lie Baker is lend­ing his sup­port to ef­forts by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Maura Healey to ex­plore le­gal ac­tion in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's travel ban.

The Repub­li­can gover­nor said Mon­day on WGBH-FM that the tem­po­rary ban has caused con­fu­sion and fear and that Mas­sachusetts is part of a global com­mu­nity. He said the process will ul­ti­mately play out in court. Baker said he wants to com­mu­ni­cate his con­cerns with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der Fri­day bar­ring im­mi­gra­tion for cit­i­zens of seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries for 90 days. He also blocked refugees from the coun­try for 120 days.

Healey, a Demo­crat, ear­lier joined a coali­tion of 15 state at­tor­neys gen­eral con­demn­ing what they called Trump's "un­con­sti­tu­tional, un-Amer­i­can and un­law­ful ex­ec­u­tive or­der," and vow­ing to fight the move.

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