New York state joined the ongoing legal battle Tuesday to block President Trump’s travel ban on seven majority Muslim nations.
“President Trump’s executive action is unconstitutional, unlawful and fundamentally un-American,” said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in announcing the move.
“This is why my office will be filing to join the federal lawsuit against President Trump and his administration.”
The Brooklyn Federal Court filing was made this past weekend by The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the National Immigration Law Center and other groups.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey also announced Tuesday that her state had joined the lawsuit seeking to get the ban overturned.
Scheniderman said the state’s opposition to the Trump plan was the right response to an order that created uncertainty and spurned large-scale protests at U.S. airports.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to not just fight to executive order, but to protect the families caught in the chaos sewn by President Trump’s hasty and irresponsible implementation,” the state’s top prosecutor declared.
Schneiderman said his efforts would include leaning on officials at the Department of Homeland Services and the Customs and Border Patrol to surrender a full list of anyone placed in detention.