Minnesota joins lawsuit challenging Trump's immigration order

The lawsuit says the country's new limits on refugees and immigrants are unconstitutional.
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Minnesota has joined a lawsuit arguing the limits President Trump put on refugees and immigrants last week are unconstitutional.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Wednesday evening that the state is now among those suing over Trump's executive order, which temporarily ended U.S. acceptance of refugees and placed a 90-day ban on travel from seven countries.

The Trump administration says the temporary freeze lets federal officials develop a stricter vetting process for ensuring that terrorists are kept out of the U.S.

The seven affected countries affected by the travel ban all have predominantly Muslim populations. They are: Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, and Iran. The ban on immigration from Syria is indefinite.

Swanson says in her statement Trump's order "does not pass constitutional muster, is inconsistent with our history as a nation, and undermines our national security. America can keep its people safe without sacrificing bedrock constitutional principles.”

The lawsuit was originally filed by the attorney general of Washington State on Monday (you can find a copy of it here). It argues the order violates three different clauses of the U.S. Constitution as well as a 1965 immigration law that prohibits issuing or denying visas on the basis of nationality, race, or place of birth.

Massachusetts and New York have also joined the lawsuit, Time says.

The Associated Press says since Trump's election Democratic attorney generals around the country have been working together on legal resistance to the new administration's policies on immigration, the environment, and health care.

Swanson says the suit challenging the immigration order has support from major corporations concerned about the effect on the economy and their workers.

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