Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 13 other state attorneys general and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, have filed a friend-of-the-court amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Pres. Trump’s revised executive order. The executive order was blocked by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit before its March 16 start date.

“The president’s revised immigration order is constitutional, lawful, addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Paxton said in a statement. “A temporary pause in the national refugee program will give the government time to review and determine how we can improve the screening process for foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. from six countries designated as ‘countries of concern’.”

The executive order would have paused the issuance of new visas for six countries identified as hot spots for terror for 90 days, it would have also paused the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and cap the overall refugee resettlement for FY2017 at 50,000.

The state attorney generals from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia joined Paxton and Gov. Bryant in signing the brief.

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Updated: Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:55am EDT