Massachusetts officials voice opposition to new Trump travel ban

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she’s considering all legal options in response to President Donald Trump’s reworked travel ban.

The Democrat calls the ban misguided and describes it as “a clear attempt to resurrect a discredited order and fulfill a discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign promise.”

The ban issued Monday would bar new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shut down America’s refugee program.

Healey, who joined a lawsuit over the original version of the ban, wasn’t the only Massachusetts Democrat voicing opposition.

Sen. Edward Markey calls the ban discriminatory and says it will serve as a “recruitment tool” for terrorists.

“This new travel ban will not make our nation safer and only serves as a recruitment tool for ISIS and other terrorists,” Markey said. “The courts blocked Donald Trump’s first Muslim ban because it trampled on Constitutional rights, and I anticipate this new attempt to repackage it will meet the same fate.”

Congressman Seth Moulton says the ban targets men, women, and children fleeing persecution.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says the city will stand by its immigrant community.

“While this administration is packaging this as a new and improved executive order, it is the same ban that discriminates against the same people. It was wrong the first time and it’s wrong the second. In Boston, we will always stand by our immigrant community,” Walsh said in a statement.

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