U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in his ruling said President Donald Trump’s order giving local authorities the ability to determine whether refugees in their community doesn’t seem to serve the public interest. Messitte issued a preliminary injunction, saying the three refugee resettlement groups that challenged the order would likely succeed in proving the order is unlawful.
The move comes after dozens of Minnesota counties have weighed allowing additional refugees to resettle in their communities, fueling emotional conversations in some communities. Gov. Tim Walz, along with dozens of other governors around the country, has provided consent for resettlement, teeing up decisions at the county level.
In response to the court’s block on the order, Walz and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, both told reporters that they supported the decision. Ellison last month signed onto an amicus brief supporting the challenge to the Trump administration’s order.
“I think it is certainly an infringement on state sovereignty and it has a very ugly and pernicious effect on our state and our country,” Ellison told reporters. “What it’s really asking folks to do is to sign up for whether you are for people who are fleeing war and pestilence and harm or sign up