AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition comprising of 12 states led by the Attorney General of Texas filed Wednesday documentation before the US Supreme Court to support the new travel ban, proposed by US President Donald Trump, which imposes travel restrictions on eight nations.
The “amicus curiae” statement, which was given to the US Supreme Court by the 12-state coalition, asked the Court to uphold Trump’s new travel ban in order to protect the country from terrorism and said that the eight countries included in the ban showed signs of terrorist acts or had inadequate security requirements.
In mid-October, the president’s travel ban was temporarily blocked by a federal judge of Maryland, Theodore Chuang, who argued that it could lead to religious discrimination or discrimination against minorities, which violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.
North Korea and Venezuela were not included in the judge’s decision to block the measure, which also covers six other Muslim nations of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, as there are almost no Muslims residing in those two countries and therefore it cannot be proven that the ban seeks to discriminate against a religious minority there.
“Through its latest travel ban, the Trump administration has taken significant and common-sense steps to upgrade vetting and national security procedures vital to protecting Texas and the rest of the country from terrorism,” Texas Attorney General and Republican politician Ken Paxton said in a statement.
“We’re hopeful the Supreme Court will agree with our coalition that the travel ban is lawful and constitutional, and should be enforced in its entirety,” added Paxton.
In addition to Texas, the Attorneys General of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and West Virginia, all of whom Republicans, also signed the document in support of the ban.