13 states urge appeals court to OK Trump travel ban

Twelve attorneys general and one governor from 13 Republican-led states have filed an amicus brief supporting Trump's ban as it goes to a federal appeals court. The states told a federal appeals court Monday that the president acted lawfully in the interest of national security.

Both the original and the revised versions of Trump's directive were brought to a halt upon legal action by states like Washington, which took the matter to the 9th Circuit Court and convinced the judges that the ban discriminated against Muslims based on their religion. The state says that it will ensure the constitutional rights of Muslim citizens across the USA are vindicated.

"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 filed Monday in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., reads. Thus, the Executive Order is emphatically not a "Muslim Ban".

"As president of the United States, Donald Trump has the legal authority to restrict entry into this country of any foreign national who may pose a risk to our safety and security", observed Attorney General Steven T. Marshall. Gov. Phil Bryant of MS also joined.

The Trump administration argued that the revised executive order, which includes a temporary ban on refugees and a cap on the number of refugees who can enter the country, was meant to protect the United States from terrorism.

Trump's revised order places a 90-day freeze on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, but it no longer impacts Iraqis as the original edition did.

The 4th Circuit has set oral arguments in the Maryland case for May 8. The filing supports Trump's bid for an appellate-level order that puts on hold a lower-court decision blocking the visa limits while the case is being decided. Lawyers for Trump said the people named in the case haven't shown they will suffer "substantial harm" and that the nationwide injunction blocking the ban is "fatally overbroad".

  • Leroy Wright