Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J Donovan, Jr, joined nine other attorneys general yesterday and filed an amicus brief in the Federal District Court for Hawaii in support of the State of Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order enjoining the enforcement of the revised Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017. The attorneys general argue the revised travel ban retains unconstitutional components of the original Executive Order, including a broad entry ban by nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries and a complete suspension of the refugee program.
Attorney General Donovan said: “I am proud to stand with my fellow attorneys general in opposition to this Executive Order.”
In the brief filed Monday, the amici states argue the Executive Order has caused serious harm to individuals who live, work, and study in their states, as well as their families, communities, and the institutions and businesses that employ and educate them.
In part, the brief states:
“Although the revised Order is narrower in some respects than the initial Order, it retains the two essential pillars of that Order: a sweeping ban on entry to the United States by nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries and a complete suspension of the refugee program. If allowed to go into effect, the revised Order will immediately harm the amici States’ proprietary, quasi-sovereign, and sovereign interests. It will inhibit the free exchange of information, ideas, and talent between the six designated countries and the States, including at the States’ many educational institutions; harm the States’ life sciences, technology, health care, finance, and tourism industries, as well as innumerable other small and large businesses throughout the States; inflict economic damage on the States themselves through both increased costs and immediately diminished tax revenues; and hinder the States from effectuating the policies of religious tolerance and nondiscrimination enshrined in our laws and state constitutions.”
The amicus brief highlights that the initial Executive Order has already caused concrete irreparable harm to the states’ residents, institutions and businesses. The revised Executive Order will continue to harm the states. Specifically, the states argue that the Executive Order harmed state colleges and universities, creating staffing gaps, precluding students’ attendance, and imposed additional costs and administrative burdens. The Executive Order has disrupted staffing and research at state medical institutions, and it has immediately reduced tax revenues and is broadly harming the states’ economies.
Attorneys general have been at the forefront of the opposition to the executive action on immigration. Donovan condemned the initial Executive Order as unconstitutional and filed amicus briefs in support of previous legal challenges to that order brought by Washington, Virginia and New York.
Filing yesterday’s amicus brief are attorneys general from Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
The full amicus brief is available here.
Source: Vermont AG. March 14, 2017