Brief Details Direct Impact Travel Ban Would Have On California
SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 17 states filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to support the preliminary injunction obtained by the state of Hawaii which bars enforcement of unconstitutional provisions of the Trump Administration's revised executive order on travel.
In the brief, the Attorneys General argue that the revised order retains unconstitutional components of the original executive order – including a broad ban on entry to this country by nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries and a complete suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The brief details the direct impact the revised executive order would have on California if it went into effect, including:
“Let me be clear: the Administration’s travel ban is unconstitutional, and I am committed to fighting it every step of the way,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The uniqueness of America is that everyone wants to experience its greatness, to study in our universities, to be part of our cutting edge research, to visit our national treasures. This travel ban is not about our national security. This travel ban is about targeting people based on their religion. It is my duty to stand up against discrimination, and I am proud to be part of the coalition fighting against the travel ban.”
In addition to filing today’s brief, California is a plaintiff in the Washington State lawsuit against the federal government seeking to block the unconstitutional provisions of the executive order and has joined several amicus briefs in trial and appellate courts in opposition to the President’s initial travel ban. Those briefs include an amicus brief in the district court in Hawaii asking the district court to enter the preliminary injunction that is the subject of the current Ninth Circuit appeal; an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit in defense of another preliminary injunction regarding the President’s travel ban, which was entered by a district court in Maryland; and several amicus briefs in trial and appellate courts in opposition to the President’s initial travel ban.
A copy of the brief is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.