Hearing on restraining order on Trump’s immigration ban set for Friday

A hearing on whether to continue a temporary restraining order on President Trump’s order that temporarily bans immigrants from seven countries and admission of refugees has been scheduled for Friday in federal court in Boston.

The case will be heard by US District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, who was randomly selected to take over the case from US District Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein, who were the emergency on-call judges over the weekend.

In the wee hours of Sunday in Boston, Burroughs and Dein imposed a seven-day restraining order, permitting lawful immigrants who were already approved to enter the United States to continue to enter freely. The temporary ruling prohibits federal officials from detaining or deporting immigrants and refugees with valid visas or green cards, or forcing them to undergo extra security screenings.


Trump’s order had been challenged by two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors from Iran who were detained and questioned Saturday at Logan International Airport, even though they hold green cards.

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The White House has since walked back the restrictions on green card holders, who are legal permanent residents of the country.

On Monday, Attorney General Maura Healey announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would join the federal suit challenging Trump’s executive order.