Attorney General Xavier Becerra Joins Amicus Brief Against Muslim Travel Ban

Monday, March 13, 2017
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SACRAMENTO –In addition to joining Washington State v. Trump as a plaintiff this morning, Attorney General Becerra today joined with 13 other attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Hawaii’s lawsuit, which also seeks to block the President’s revised travel ban. The amicus brief explains how the unconstitutional revised travel ban injures the states and their residents, including by harming our colleges and universities, medical institutions, and economies.

Attorney General Becerra released the following statement after the filing:

"Today, California joined 13 sister states in submitting an amicus brief in the action filed by Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin in opposing the Trump Muslim travel ban. We do so for the same reason that this morning we entered the litigation commenced by Washington state to challenge the Trump Administration's constitutional overreach.

Liberty and democracy are not free. As the latest iteration of the Trump Muslim travel ban illustrates, those cherished values can be hijacked unless we are vigilant and steadfast. That's what we intend to be."

California was joined in filing the amicus brief by Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the amicus brief is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.

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