Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief on Wednesday, making Texas the first and only state to show support for President Trump’s immigration ban. The brief, filed with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, argues that the order—which bans entry into the U.S. from citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries—is lawful. Washington and Minnesota, among others, have argued that the ban harms business.
A panel of Ninth Circuit judges last week upheld a temporary restraining order that blocked key provisions of the ban. “The law makes it very clear that the president has discretion to protect the safety of the American people and our nation’s institutions with respect to who can come into this country,” Paxton said. “The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trump’s major responsibilities under the law.” Read more at the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.