PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined 17 other attorneys general in filing a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Kilmartin announced Sept. 19.
The brief was filed in related cases Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, ahead of Oct. 10 arguments. In each, district courts entered nationwide preliminary injunctions prohibiting enforcement of Trump’s 90-day ban on entry to the U.S. of nationals from six Muslim countries and the suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and the reduction of its refugee cap. The injunctions were affirmed by the Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit.
In the brief, attorneys general argue the travel ban has caused “substantial harm to our universities, hospitals, businesses, communities and residents.”
The brief was signed by California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.