- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Madison is one of 34 cities and counties getting involved with a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and other leaders filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday supporting the plaintiff in a lawsuit pending in New York.

Soglin said in a statement the group is confident their efforts will “thwart the chaos, foolishness and cruelty” fostered by Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order.

The group argues that the order is unconstitutional and that cities benefit from immigrants. Other cities to sign on include Chicago, Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia.

Dozens of lawsuits challenging Trump’s order have been filed since it was issued. Trump has said he plans to issue a new version of the executive order next week.

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