A group of 13 states – 12 attorneys general and 1 Governor – have filed a brief with a federal appeals court adamantly defending President Trump’s temporary travel ban from nations harboring terrorist activity.
The participants argue that the courts have infringed on the President’s Constitutional authority to defend America through such national security determinations.
The filing flat-out obliterates the lie that the Executive Order is a “Muslim ban,” and states that Trump is well within his power to take such action.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 27, 2017
Attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia joined with Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi to file the brief. The Trump administration is currently appealing a decision made by a federal judge in Maryland.
The brief argues the courts are infringing on Trump’s constitutional ability to make national security decisions by blocking his order.
“Congress delegated to the Executive Branch significant authority to prohibit aliens’ entry into the country, and the challenged Executive Order is a lawful exercise of that authority,” the brief reads.
The defense then goes on to swat away liberal assertions that the ban amounts to a religious test for entry into the country.
“The Executive Order is not a pretext for religious discrimination, as the Order is grounded in national-security concerns and classifies aliens according to nationality – not religion.”
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant filed the motion, along with attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.
Texas has backed the President’s travel ban previously, but this marks the first time other states have come to his defense.
After district judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the President’s order before it went into affect, the administration countered by filing an appeal.
That appeal is scheduled to be heard on May 8th in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
This brief seeks to have the court issue “a stay pending appeal” with a goal to “ultimately reverse the district court’s order enjoining the Executive Order.”
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