Texas attorney general backs Trump in travel ban litigation

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By Andrew Chung

<span class="articleLocation”>Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday
asked a federal appeals court for permission to file legal
papers in support of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, making
Texas the first state to back Trump in closely watched
litigation over the ban.

Paxton asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
California to file a friend-of-the-court brief. He said the full
court should reconsider whether a lower court judge was
justified in halting the ban.

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle suspended
Trump’s entire order across the country on Feb. 3 after its
legality was challenged by Washington state. That ruling was
upheld by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in San
Francisco last week, raising questions about Trump’s next step.

Trump’s directive, which he said was necessary to protect
the United States from attacks by Islamist militants, barred
people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
from entering the country for 90 days. Refugees were banned for
120 days, except those from Syria, who were banned indefinitely.

In the brief Paxton said Trump’s executive order falls
within the president’s executive powers and does not violate any
constitutional rights.



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