Thursday, February 9, 2017

Still Standing Up Against Trump’s Executive Order

By Tom Hopcroft, President & CEO, MassTLC


Last week, I asked the tech sector to support the Massachusetts Attorney General’s lawsuit to challenge President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from certain majority-Muslim countries.  Many members found ways to contribute, including by providing written statements to the Attorney General explaining how President Trump’s actions are harmful to the technology economy in Massachusetts.  Thank you for your support and your participation.

As many of you know, nationwide enforcement of the executive orders has been halted by a judge in federal court in Seattle.  Meanwhile, here in Massachusetts, the Attorney General’s case remains pending.

MassTLC continues to closely follow the lawsuits in Massachusetts, Seattle, and elsewhere.  We anticipate submitting briefs as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the most important cases, and will urge the courts to strike down the executive order.  We have engaged the law firm Foley Hoag LLP in Boston to assist with that effort.

If your member organization wishes to support MassTLC’s efforts, or is looking for other ways to challenge the executive order, please contact me.  There may be opportunities for companies to make independent submissions in the courts to assist the Attorney General and other plaintiffs. 


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