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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The federal government is appealing a judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order that allows state and local governments to turn away refugees.

A notice of appeal filed Tuesday by the Justice Department says it's asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the Jan. 15 ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland.

Messitte said in his opinion that the order signed by President Donald Trump “flies in the face of clear Congressional intent" of the 1980 Refugee Act.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A county executive in Maryland is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to continue to allow refugees into the state.

The Capital Gazette reported Wednesday that Hogan faces a Jan. 21 deadline regarding refugees that was set by President Donald Trump.

State and local governments must give written consent to let refugees resettle within their boundaries.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman ask Hogan to keep the door open. Hogan has so far not taken a public stance. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has joined 13 other states in opposing President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Brian Frosh said in a news release that on Monday he filed an amicus brief in the District Court for Hawaii.  Hawaii has asked for a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of the president's revised travel ban.

Frosh says the proposed ban will hurt Maryland's universities and economy.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawsuit is challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Maryland by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, and National Immigration Law Center.

The groups argue that the executive order violates federal laws and the Constitution, saying it was "substantially motivated" by an intent to discriminate against Muslims. Plaintiffs include U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents from countries named by the ban.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting economic concerns in his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor urged members of the Democrat-controlled legislature Wednesday to support incentives to attract jobs and help parts of the state that are struggling.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report on the governor's remarks and the Democratic response.

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The Islamic community is still reeling from President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the refugee program and imposing a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries.  Dr. Muqtedar Khan is a police science professor at the University of Delaware and has done work on national security issues for the U.S. government. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about the implications of the new executive order.