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California Joins Court Brief Opposing Trump Travel Ban

Andrew Harnik / AP

Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., moves away from the podium after speaking at a news conference with other House Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Andrew Harnik / AP

The State of California has added its weight against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven countries.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is one of 16 Democratic attorneys general who joined in a “friend-of-the-court” brief Monday that opposes the travel ban.  

States filed the brief the day before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments about whether to reimpose the ban or maintain a freeze issued by a lower court.

The amicus brief argues that the denial of visas to students, professors, physicians and tourists have harmed state schools, hospitals and tourism revenues. The filing says more than 2,000 students go to California’s public universities on visas from the banned countries.

U.S. Justice Department lawyers have argued the executive branch controls the nation’s borders and the ban is necessary for security.

The brief is the first official court action state Attorney General Xavier Becerra has taken to challenge the Trump Administration, after Democratic state leaders brought him on expressly for that purpose.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

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