Late yesterday, another complaint was filed seeking injunctive relief against the executive orders prohibiting reentry into the US of lawful US residents who are also foreign nationals from certain countries. Below is the complaint filed in federal district court in Massachusetts, annotated by me to highlight legal bases for declaring these orders unconstitutional and unlawful that were not already asserted in other complaints filed, such as the one in federal court in New York. The Massachusetts complaint asserts that the EOs violate the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. By providing additional bases for overturning the EOs, this complaint paves the way for the broadest possible number of objections to be considered by higher courts in the upcoming fights over the final status of the orders.
Today, January 28, 2017, begins the legal battle against the Trump administration’s treatment of refugees and immigrants to the United States of America. Last night, refugees with valid visas were detained and held at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Early this morning their lawyers filed suit on their behalf. Here is copy of the complaint, annotated by me. The annotations are meant to guide non-lawyers through the most legally significant parts of this first filing in what will be a contested lawsuit.
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Cal) has a new tool for measuring accurately the time in which Donald Trump holds the office of President of the United States while in violation of the U.S. Constitution. His #IllegitmacyClock started running from the moment Trump’s unconstitutional activities did, which is the moment Trump took the oath of office, which includes a promise to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Among other possible Constitutional violations,Trump is provably in violation of the Emoluments Clause of Article I, section 9, which prohibits any payment to the President from any foreign state.
A soon to be filed lawsuit will seek injunctions against Trump’s unconstitutional activities.