State of­fi­cials file brief de­fend­ing Trump travel lim­its

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Texas and of­fi­cials with 15 other states filed briefs with the Supreme Court on Mon­day ask­ing the jus­tices to re­in­state Pres­i­dent Trump’s travel ban pol­icy, say­ing they’re con­vinced it’s both le­gal and jus­ti­fied.

The states said Mr. Trump has broad pow­ers un­der the law to de­cide whom to ad­mit, and said U.S. law is re­plete with ex­am­ples of the gov­ern­ment sin­gling out groups for dif­fer­ent treat­ment in im­mi­gra­tion con­texts.

And push­ing back against lower courts that have iden­ti­fied Mr. Trump’s pol­icy as a “Mus­lim ban,” the states said that’s a strik­ing mis­read­ing of the pres­i­dent’s or­ders.

“The Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der clas­si­fies aliens by na­tion­al­ity — not re­li­gion. The Or­der’s tem­po­rary pause in en­try by nationals from six coun­tries and in the refugee pro­gram nei­ther men­tions any re­li­gion nor de­pends on whether af­fected aliens are Mus­lim,” the states said. “The Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der there­fore is em­phat­i­cally not a ‘Mus­lim ban.’”

— Stephen Dinan

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