How the Obama administration has pushed back on a Republican lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s travel ban
By ANNE LIPMAN, Associated Press WriterAUSTIN, Texas (AP) Republican lawmakers who filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s immigration ban are now pushing back, arguing the administration is still using an outdated policy to justify the ban.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Texas, contends the president is violating the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause by excluding Muslims from the country.
It seeks to block implementation of the executive order.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the ban, which takes effect Jan. 20, is unconstitutional and should be stayed pending a federal judge’s ruling.
It’s the latest lawsuit to challenge the ban that has been launched by Texas Republicans.
The Texas lawsuit has been filed in the same case that the Trump Justice Department is currently litigating.
The Justice Department argues the travel ban is constitutional and will prevent terrorists from entering the U .
The Trump administration has said the ban is necessary to protect the country from foreign threats, including from foreign-based extremists.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously last month to condemn the ban as an attempt to discriminate against Muslims and said Trump is breaching international law.