A three-judge federal panel blocked President Trump’s controversial executive order banning travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, was celebrated by prominent Democratic leaders across California.
Today’s action is a positive one. It allows for the protection of the public based on facts, not fear, and it preserves our values.
— Anthony Rendon (@Rendon63rd) February 10, 2017
This has been a rough real-time civics lesson for @realDonaldTrump. Lady Justice protects Lady Liberty. #checksandbalances #MuslimBan
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) February 10, 2017
“The Constitution still trumps rhetoric: 9th Circuit Court ruled on the side of justice today” Read my statement: https://t.co/iPg4Ww3cfB
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) February 10, 2017
Newly confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined top legal officials from 15 other states in filing an amicus brief to the 9th Circuit supporting Washington state’s challenge to Trump’s executive order.
The White House is reportedly considering a new, more narrowly tailored executive order, rather than an appeal to the Supreme Court. Thirty-five percent of current U.S. immigrants from the seven targeted nations live in California, according to an analysis of Census data from the Public Policy Institute of California. Nearly half have at least an undergraduate degree.