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NC Attorney General Joins Argument Over Trump Executive Order

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North Carolina's attorney general is joining the legal fight over President Trump's executive action on immigration. Josh Stein, a Democrat, says his office will join a brief with about 16 other states arguing the executive action should remain on hold while the case plays out.

Trump's executive order temporarily bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries – as well as refugees from any country – from entering the U.S. while his administration reviews how they're vetted.

That order is harming "state colleges and universities, medical institutions, tax revenues … and civil rights," according to a friend-of-the-court brief North Carolina is joining. It says that colleges and universities enroll thousands of students from affected countries, and that medical residents from those countries provide crucial care at hospitals, often in underserved areas. The brief is before the federal appeals court over Washington, one of the states that initially sued to halt the order.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is joining the brief because he says the order is unconstitutional and "undermines the core American value of religious tolerance."

The U.S. Justice Department counters the order is a lawful use of presidential authority. Its attorneys say it simply allows a review of screening procedures to protect against terrorist attacks. 

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Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heââ
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Michael Tomsic covers health care, voting rights, NASCAR, peach-shaped water towers and everything in between. He drivesWFAE'shealth care coverage through a partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. He became a full-time reporter forWFAEin August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews withNasand BranfordMarsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. AtUNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern withWHQRin Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.