Jepsen Joins Challenge Of Trump’s Immigration Order

From Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen:

Attorney General George Jepsen has joined with 15 other attorneys general in asking a federal appeals court to leave in place a temporary restraining order issued by the federal District Court in Seattle that has halted President Donald Trump’s executive order barring individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit this afternoon, the attorneys general argue that a stay of the District Court’s order would cause concrete, immediate and irreparable harms to the states, notably their colleges and universities, medical institutions and tax revenues; and would harm the ability of states to ensure the health, welfare and civil rights of their residents.

“We believe that the president has exceeded his constitutional authority in issuing this executive order,” said Attorney General Jepsen. “The state of Connecticut and, indeed, states across our country cannot and should not have to bear the confusion, cost and economic loss caused by this unconstitutional executive order. We are asking the court today to uphold the restraining order obtained by the Washington and Minnesota attorneys general late last week and to allow individuals from these seven countries–who already face significant vetting procedures prior to the granting of access to the United States–to continue to travel on their properly issued visas while this case is further litigated.”

“The states have already been harmed by this executive order and the federal government’s shifting implementation of it,” the states wrote in today’s brief. “The District Court’s temporary restraining order returned the policies and procedures regarding travel to the United States to the status quo that existed before the executive order … If this court were to grant a stay at this juncture it would resurrect the chaos experienced in our airports beginning on the weekend of January 28 and 29, and cause harm to the states–including state institutions such public universities, to the businesses that sustain our economies, and to our residents.”

In the brief, the states cite specific examples where public universities, hospitals and medical institutions that rely on medical residents to provide care to the most vulnerable populations have already felt the impact of the executive order.

The states further argue that the executive order has already caused and would continue to cause untold economic damage to local economies in the form of diminished tax revenues from loss of tourism and loss of business investment.

Attorney General Jepsen continues to consult closely with state officials, including Governor Dannel P. Malloy, as well as others, to evaluate the consequences of the executive order for the state of Connecticut and any additional legal options that may be available and appropriate.

In addition to Connecticut, the multistate coalition filing today’s brief includes the states of California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Please click here to view a copy of the multistate amicus brief.

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10 comments

    1. It’s called the TWO-PARTY SYSTEM. It has been Republicans versus Democrats since the Civil War, about 150 years. Mitch McConnell and Rush Limbaugh said it outright and upfront after the 2008 Presidential Election after Barack Obama was elected. Their goal, make Obama a one-term president. Wow, could that be partisan?

  1. it’s obvious this Trump banning order needs some tweeting and explanation to the American people. There’s ways to beef up the immigrant interview process for people from these countries without being un-civil, yet making sure that in fact these folk are of no present threat to Americans here in the USA! Being a bit more careful with those who come to the USA for whatever the reason is in the best interest of America in the future. The world we live in today is not a nice fairytale type story where everyone lives happily ever after! Time to wake up America and prepare for the worst but in a civil humane way most Americans will understand and approve of in the long run!

    1. Mojo, are you REALLY REALLY REALLY familiar with the process of how someone passes through the United States Immigration process? Go do some research before you make baseless and false comments.

      1. Stop being so damned liberal, it’s time to tighten the immigration policies. This world is not LaLa Land where everything is wonderful! Ask soldiers who have been serving in the Middle East, ask police, firemen, EMS, etc. who have responded to terrorist attacks all over the world! it’s not the days of Ellis Island anymore, also on career politicians, yeah there’s terms they serve but too many have been allowed to hang around too long really doing nothing. That’s the voters’ fault for voting along party lines instead of voting for the best qualified person! Great example, the Dem. Party in Bpt. Year after year and still the same old shit! Now let’s hear your know-it-all liberal BS, Frank.

  2. *** Regardless of political parties it’s time for American voters to do their political homework and get rid of those local, state and federal political career politicians who have been doing nothing but keeping their political seats warm and have really done nothing for their districts, etc. Maybe even a eight-year Political seat limit with no more career politicians doing nothing and collecting a pension afterwards. Out with the old and in with the new if they have a poor attendance record, you only hear from them at election time, what bills have they authored or co-authored? Do you see them at town meetings or in the districts they represent, etc.??? Voters, you know if your representatives are really doing their political jobs or not! Time to get involved as taxpaying Americans instead of just complaining to people who have the same complaints. Get up, get involved, get into it! *** Back To Basics ***

    1. There is a term limit on every single elected person in The United States. It’s called Elections/Re-Elections. Did you ever hear the term “Throw The Bum Out?” Voters have the ability to hire and fire any person seeking elective office. Whose fault is it The American People do not stay attuned to their elected officials so they can make an educated decision with every election or re-election?

  3. Lennie, I just realized the heading you used for this posting. Trump’s executive order is a temporary ban on travel from certain countries for security reasons.
    It seems like progressives and the liberal media use the term ‘Immigrant’ to distort the issue.

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