4th Circ. Likely To Keep Block On Trump's Refugee 'Edict'

By Suzanne Monyak (October 27, 2020, 9:35 PM EDT) -- A three-judge Fourth Circuit panel appeared unlikely to revive President Donald Trump's executive order allowing local governments to refuse to take in refugees, with one judge slamming the order at a Tuesday hearing as an "edict without consequence."

U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, an Obama appointee, worried that Trump's order — which was halted by a lower court and would require states and localities to affirmatively opt in to participate in the refugee resettlement program — would cause chaos on the ground. For instance, under the order, an individual county could refuse to take refugees, while the state that county is...

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