Texas today became the first state in the U.S. to come out officially in support of President Trump's now blocked ban on travel from seven Middle Eastern and North African nations, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

A brief filed with the Ninth U.S. Appeals Court in San Francisco, Attorney General Ken Paxton said the President's immigration order is a 'lawful exercise of congressionally delegated executive power over foreign affairs and national security.'

“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,” Attorney General Paxton said. 

“The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trump’s major responsibilities under the law.”

The brief supports the U.S. Department of Justice in defending President Trump's executive order on immigration.  

A judge on the 9th Circuit called for the en banc court to stay a decision by three of its judges that upheld a temporary restraining order blocking key provisions of the order.

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