16 US attorney generals challenge Trump travel ban

'Order unconstitutional and unlawful'

16 US attorney generals challenge Trump travel ban

 Attorney generals (AGs) from 15 states and Washington, D.C, filed a brief on Monday in support of the lawsuit against President Trump’s travel ban.

“President (Donald) Trump’s executive order is unconstitutional, unlawful, and fundamentally un-American, and we won’t stand by while it undermines our states’ families, economies and institutions,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat.

Top technology companies, including Apple Inc, Google Inc and Microsoft Corp were among nearly 100 corporations that on Sunday filed a similar brief with the appeals court, arguing the travel ban “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth”.

The executive order signed by Trump banning countries that include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been halted by a federal court in Seattle.

“This filing is about keeping our communities safe, protecting our economy, and upholding the rule of law. Pennsylvania was founded on the promise of liberty and we’re proud to help lead this effort in support of Washington State’s lawsuit,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

“No president or administration is more powerful than our laws and our constitution. As state AGs, it is our job to hold this administration accountable and stand for the interests of our states and our residents. We are united in this effort,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

“Immigrants are the life-blood of our nation who work hard to build our country, especially in California. Our universities, medical institutions, businesses, and our tax base are all harmed by President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and un-American order,” he said.

Nation divided

AGs from 15 states – New York, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois, New Mexico, Iowa, Maine and Maryland – and Washington, D.C, filed brief

 Brief states executive order inflicted harm on state colleges and varsities which rely on faculty and students from across the world

 Apple, Google and Microsoft are among 100 corporations that filed similar brief

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