California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined five other attorneys general Thursday in a legal challenge to President Trump's latest order banning nearly all travel from seven countries, saying the restrictions remain discriminatory and anathema to California's values.
The Sept. 24 order marked Trump's third attempt at severely restricting access to the United States from countries he deems to be a security risk. But critics believe the new order is simply the president's latest attempt to exclude Muslims from the U.S.
The first order was rewritten after legal challenges; the second was partly suspended by the courts but then expired before the U.S. Supreme Court could take it up. The newest ban restricts nearly all travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, and puts limits on travel from Venezuela and Iraq.
Unlike the first two bans, Trump's latest order -- set to take effect Oct. 18 -- seeks to make the restrictions permanent.
The order, if allowed to take effect, would harm the state's economy, businesses, universities, tax revenue and residents, Becerra said in a written statement.