Court Temporarily Blocks President’s Executive Order on Refugee Resettlement

January 21, 2020

The executive order, which allowed state and local governments to stop refugee resettlement within their boundaries, cannot be enforced while the temporary injunction is in effect.

A federal judge in Maryland has temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order requiring states and counties to provide written consent to allow refugee resettlement in their boundaries.

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte issued the preliminary injunction after three refugee resettlement groups sued the federal government over the executive order. The injunction stays enforcement of the executive order and federal funding notice and it will be in effect while the court addresses the merits of the case.

—Read the preliminary injunction order

Actions not effective during injunction

While the legal challenge is progressing, Minnesota counties may still take votes on consent to future refugee resettlement within the county, but those actions will not have any effect while the injunction remains in place.

Cities not included in executive order

Cities have no formal role in the refugee resettlement consent process established by the executive order. States and counties are the relevant localities under the executive order. There is no requirement for cities to act; any action would be symbolic.

For more background information on this topic, read a previous Cities Bulletin article.