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Chobani, local yogurt manufacturer, has joined more than 95 companies in opposing President Donald Trump's executive order blocking entry of citizens of seven Muslim nations into the United States.

Corporations, former national security and foreign policy officials and state attorney generals have filed court briefs opposing Trump's order.

On Monday, 16 state attorneys general, including New York's Eric Schneiderman, announced the filing of an amicus brief in support of Washington and Minnesota in the federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, because of the level of interest in the case of the Washington state and Minnesota v. Trump, has established a website at https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000860.

Chobani joined Apple Inc., Netflix, Levi Strauss & Co. and more than 90 other technology companies and businesses in filing a “friend of the court” brief Sunday in support of the states of Washington and Minnesota.

Jeff Genung, senior manager of corporate communications for Chobani, said Monday via email that Chobani had no further statement to make.

According to the brief, the technology companies and businesses are affected by the president's order, which it said “represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years—and the Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result.”

Chobani, which has a plant in the town of Columbus and offices in Norwich in Chenango County, has taken on some refugees living in Utica, according to the CNHI, parent company of The Daily Star.

Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, who employs about 300 refugees among the 1,000 workers at the plant near Utica, said the company will help any affected employees and family members and "have their backs every day and every step of the way," according to an in-house letter obtained by The Associated Press and reported last week.

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