Ever since it was introduced last week, Donald Trump’s new travel ban has faced just as much resistance as the original executive order. In response to the new ban, several state attorneys general have announced lawsuits against the president, with California being the most recent.
On Monday morning, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement saying that the state has filed a lawsuit because the new travel ban falls under the category of “unconstitutional overreach.”
Becerra explained in his statement that it is still necessary to fight for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees, despite the fact that the original travel ban was deemed unconstitutional.
‘Last month, our courts put a lid on the unconstitutional and un-American Trump Muslim travel ban because Americans stood up and demanded it. The victory for lawful permanent residents and current visa holders was welcome news for everyone, especially the victims’ families. But the fight for fair and lawful treatment of all who would seek permission to enter our country is not over.’
Becerra also said that the new travel ban is still just as unconstitutional as the first, and the changes made by Trump’s administration are not sufficient.
‘The Trump Administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its unconstitutional intent and effect. It is still an attack on people — women and children, professors and business colleagues, seniors and civic leaders — based on their religion and national origin.’
Becerra ends his statement by issuing a stern reminder to Trump and those who support the travel ban about what a president can and cannot do.
‘There are some things that transcend a presidency. In America, we will always defend our families, our values, and our Constitution. I am proud to join with my fellow attorneys general in protecting our people from this latest unfounded and unconstitutional overreach.’
He also tweeted about the lawsuit on Monday morning, saying that he is “proud” to join the fight against Trump’s travel ban.
Proud to enter legal challenge to revised Muslim travel ban. Statement: https://t.co/BlvCLSQSZi
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 13, 2017
So far, Hawaii, Washington, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Minnesota have all challenged Trump’s new executive order.
Hawaii was the first state to a file a lawsuit against the Trump administration, just two days after the new ban was announced. The suit, filed by Attorney General Doug Chin, makes arguments against the executive order that are similar to those Becerra made in his Monday morning statement. For example, the suit states:
‘This second Executive Order is infected with the same legal problems as the first Order — undermining bedrock constitutional and statutory guarantees.’
A federal judge has agreed to hear Hawaii’s lawsuit on Wednesday, March 15. The travel ban is set to go into effect on March 16.
It’s difficult to say at this point whether the Trump administration will be forced, once again, to take their travel ban back to the drawing board. With attorneys general from all over country fighting against the executive order, though, the chances of it sticking around any longer than the last one seem slim.
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