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California Joins 15 States in Court Filing Opposing Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban

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California and 15 other states joined the growing legal challenge to President Trump’s immigration orders, filing an amicus brief Monday supporting Washington state’s lawsuit that argues the directives targeting people from Muslim-majority countries are unconstitutional.

Attorney Gen. Xavier Becerra speaks at his confirmation hearing in Sacramento in January 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Attorney Gen. Xavier Becerra speaks at his confirmation hearing in Sacramento in January 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced the friend-of-the-court brief after a federal judge put a nationwide hold on the immigration moratorium and the case was appealed by the Trump administration.

California was joined in filing the brief by Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

“On behalf of the nearly 40 million people of California, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with [other] attorneys general … to preserve the suspension of the Trump Administration’s travel ban,” Becerra said in a statement.

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