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The Hill: “16 States and DC Back Hawaii’s Case Against Trump Travel Ban”

April 3, 2018

As published by The Hill, on March 30, 2018.

Attorneys general for 16 states and Washington, D.C., filed an amicus brief Friday with the Supreme Court in support of Hawaii’s case against the Trump administration’s latest ban prohibiting travel from several majority-Muslim nations.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) vowed that the coalition of Democratic state officials would continue to oppose President Trump‘s efforts to ban travel from nations the administration says do not meet information-sharing requirements, calling the ban “discriminatory.”

“Since Day One, our coalition of attorneys general has been on the front lines of the fight against this unconstitutional, unlawful, and un-American ban,” Schneiderman said in a statement announcing the amicus brief.

“President Trump’s discriminatory ban both hurts the families caught up in the chaos of his draconian policies, and undermines our states’ residents, institutions, businesses, and economies,” he added. “We’ll continue to act to protect our residents and our states.”

The brief, led by Schneiderman, was signed by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.

In the document, state officials argue that the travel ban will “significantly disrupt the ability of our public universities to recruit and retain students and faculty, impairing academic staffing and research, and causing the loss of tuition and tax revenues, among other costs.”

In February, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals became the second court to rule against the legality of the Trump administration’s latest ban, calling it “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam.”

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the Trump administration’s travel ban at the end of April following an appeal over a similar decision from the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco.