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Boston Judge Declines to Extend Order Blocking Trump Ban

  • Case is one of several filed over Trump’s executive order
  • Jan. 27 order barred travelers from seven Mideast nations
Protesters gather at the Mass. State House in Boston on Jan. 29, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country.

Protesters gather at the Mass. State House in Boston on Jan. 29, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country.

Photographer: Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images
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President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the U.S. to refugees and citizens of seven nations will take effect in Massachusetts on Sunday after a federal judge refused to extend a temporary ruling blocking its enforcement.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton on Friday dealt a setback to rights’ advocates who argued that not allowing into the U.S. people from the seven majority Muslim countries was unconstitutional. Trump had said it wasn’t a religious-based ban but intended to protect Americans from potential terrorist attacks by targeting countries with dangerous jihadist movements.