Sixteen state attorneys general have filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Washington state’s lawsuit. The lawsuit reverses the Donald Trump temporary travel ban on people from seven countries in the Middle East, and made it applicable to all 50 states. Notice no Republicans joined the effort.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a statement to WTAE in Pittsburgh:
‘This filing is about keeping our communities safe, protecting our economy, and upholding the rule of law. Pennsylvania was founded on the promise of liberty, and we’re proud to help lead this effort in support of Washington state’s lawsuit.
The Washington judge accepted the argument that the immigration ban would have an impact on the economy, residents, medical, and education institutions across the country. Trump says his ban will stop terrorists from infiltrating the country.
All of the 16 attorneys general who added their names to the filing are Democrats. They believe that banning tourists, businesspersons, and students would cause a reduction in tax revenues, disrupt students’ education and educational research, and interfere with medical facilities’ ability to provide care.
Not only that, Trump’s ban violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which says that the U.S. government cannot give preference to one religion over another.
The attorneys general supporting the ban halt are all Democrats and come from: California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
According to WTAE, Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said:
‘State Attorneys General are on the front lines of protecting our people from dangerous and hastily-implemented federal policy. I’ve been clear: President Trump’s executive order is unconstitutional, unlawful, and fundamentally un-American — and we won’t stand by while it undermines our states’ families, economies, and institutions.’
Donald Trump’s executive order, signed just over a week ago, caused chaos at the nation’s airports when it banned people from seven majority Muslim Middle-East countries for 90 days. In addition, the ban puts a stop to the refugee resettlement programs for 120 days. The ban set off a flurry of lawsuits. Refugees from Syria will not be allowed into the country indefinitely.
According to WTAE, Schneiderman added:
‘From filing our own federal lawsuit last week, to partnering with fellow attorneys general on this amicus brief today, we will use every tool at our disposal to fight President Trump’s discriminatory order and help ensure the rule of law prevails.’
Check out the video of Nashville, Tennessee welcoming a Syrian family after Donald Trump’s ban caught and released them.
As Trump's travel ban hangs in the balance, in Nashville people are welcoming refugees that finally made it to US https://t.co/OKgUMyiJcZ
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) February 6, 2017
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