by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 16, 2017
Texas has become the only state to support President Trump's executive order on immigration, as the state's attorney general, Ken Paxton, filed an amicus brief Wednesday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 
 
"The law makes it very clear that the president has discretion to protect the safety of the American people and our nation's institutions with respect to who can come into this country," Paxton said in a statement. "The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trump's major responsibilities under the law."
 
At the moment, Texas is standing on its own in its support. According to the Washington Post, attorneys general for California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia have urged the court to keep the ban frozen in another amicus brief, and the state of Hawaii, which has sued on its own, also asked to the court to intervene. Several former senior U.S. officials, including former secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright, signed on to the states' amicus brief.
 
In covering the brief, Texas Monthly pointed out that the executive order immediately prompted large protests, including gatherings in Texas. After the order was signed, the magazine reported, "As many as 50 people were detained at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, while an unknown number were held at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Among those detained here were a 77-year-old grandmother from Iraq and an 11-month-old girl who is a U.S. citizen. The family of a former U.S. Army translator from Iraq, who now lives in Plano, Texas, was stranded overseas."
 
Read Paxton's brief here. Read the attorneys general's brief here.