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Texas AG Accuses Lower Courts of Hypocrisy on Trump’s Travel Ban

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Washington Free Beacon
June 12, 2017

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading a coalition of 16 states in support of President Trump’s travel ban targeting six Muslim majority countries, accused courts that halted the executive order of a hypocritical interpretation of the president’s role in determining who enters the country.

Texas was the first state to try to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees there by suing the federal government and earlier this year opting out of the program entirely. Texas Republican leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, said they were worried about the security issues the refugees pose because the Obama administration refused to disclose information about its process of vetting the refugees to state and local officials.

“Maybe they were doing extreme vetting but what good is it to us when they won’t share” the information gathered in the vetting process with state officials, Paxton told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview this week.

“So we didn’t know who to worry about and who not to so we sued over it and were told that this is the purview of the federal government and the president, and now that there’s a different president suddenly it seems to be a problem for the courts” that determining who enters the country is a presidential function, he said.

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