Ken Paxton

AG Paxton Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban:

“I’m pleased but hardly surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban. We were confident all along that the executive order on immigration is a lawful exercise of the president’s statutorily authorized executive power over foreign affairs and national security. The travel ban is a carefully crafted approach to upgrading vetting and national security procedures critical to protecting Texas and the rest of the nation from terrorism. The Constitution places decisions like that in the hands of the president and Congress, not unelected federal judges, as the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized.”

Last year, Attorney General Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to defend the president’s original travel ban, making Texas the only state at the time to officially support the legality of the policy. Subsequently, as many as 15 states joined Texas in a series of friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the president’s revised travel bans all the way to the Supreme Court. 

The president’s latest travel ban, issued last September, places temporary restrictions on travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals from seven countries that are terror-prone or have inadequate vetting measures. The Supreme Court heard the case in April. The Court confirmed what the Texas coalition argued: that the federal law at issue “grants the President broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States.”

View a copy of the U.S. Supreme Court decision here: