Earlier this month U.S. District Judge James Robart suspended President Trump’s immigration order across the country, arguing that it violated “constitutional protections against religious discrimination.”
Shortly after that, the 9th Circuit Court upheld this restraining order with a three-judge panel.
While most republican states have kept quiet, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had a few things to say about this ruling. During his brief on Wednesday with the 9th Circuit, Paxton showed his support of the president’s travel 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… The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trump’s major responsibilities under the law.”
This effectively makes Texas the first state to back Trump and his controversial order, but hopefully not the last.
The rulings made in Washington State, as well as in the 9th Circuit Court, will be voted on again, this time with an 11-judge panel. Essentially, the court will be questioning the extent of President Trump’s power on immigration and national security.
Paxton believes as though president Trump has the authority to do what he sees fit regarding immigration, and feels as though this order “reflects national-security interests implicated by the ongoing War on Terror against radical Islamic terrorists.”
This is not Texas’ first fight with immigration either. Texas also led the battle against former President Barack Obama’s plans of protecting almost 4 million immigrants from deportation.
The left will continue to label the president as a “racist,” but at the end of the day Donald Trump is sworn to protect the American people, and he is doing that to the best of his abilities.