2017 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt statement on Supreme Court decision allowing most of president’s ‘travel ban’ to take effect

Release Date: Jun 26, 2017

TOPEKA – (June 26, 2017) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing most of President Trump’s executive order commonly called the “travel ban” to take effect while the Court considers its legality:

“As Kansas has argued repeatedly in this case, the sweeping injunctions entered by the lower courts were unjustified and effectively disabled our federal government’s ability to control America’s borders. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that simply cannot be the case. It is encouraging that the Supreme Court will allow the continued exclusion from our country of certain categories of aliens who have no ties to the United States while the federal administration reviews current policy to ensure it adequately protects the security of our homeland.”

In this case, Schmidt filed briefs in the federal appeals courts in California and Virginia, as well as in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting federal authority to restrict entry of aliens into the United States. In addition to allowing the travel ban take effect as to persons with no ties to the United States, the Supreme Court also allowed the federal government to proceed with reviewing current policy to ensure in meets the nation’s security needs.

The Court agreed to hear oral arguments in the case in October.

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