Texas splits with other states to defend Trump's travel ban

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SAN FRANCISCO - The state of Texas on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim nations as an assertion of presidential authority intended to protect the country from terrorists, splitting with states that have denounced the order as a religious attack.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed documents asking the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision not to immediately reinstate the ban.

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