The travel ban by the state of California is flawed, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which issued a report Tuesday outlining the problems with the measure.
The DHS report was released as California and seven other states are in the midst of the first of three rounds of the federal government’s review of the travel ban.
In the first round of reviews, the DHS said it would evaluate the merits of the original travel ban and provide recommendations to the Trump administration on how to move forward.
California and nine other states had sued the federal administration to block implementation of the order, and the Supreme Court has said it is up to the states to decide whether to take legal action against the president.
The California-based group that is behind the California travel ban has not responded to a request for comment.
DHS is currently reviewing the travel order’s effectiveness.
The report says the state’s travel policies “failed to protect the public and to promote a safe and orderly international travel environment.”
It says the ban is not “designed to protect or promote a significant increase in international travelers,” nor is it designed to mitigate a “substantial impact on the travel and tourism industries in the United States.”
California also has a law that bans discrimination against anyone based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which DHS says the Trump travel ban violates.
The order, which is part of the Trump-era federal immigration order, also imposes a 90-day suspension of the admission of refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, and blocks the entry of people from Syria indefinitely.
California has already faced a backlash from Muslims and LGBT rights groups for the order.
It has faced an outcry from immigrant rights groups who say it is targeting Muslims, who have been under intense scrutiny from the U!
government for alleged links to the Islamic State terror group.
California was the only state that not only signed a separate travel ban into law but also issued a statewide travel ban in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino terror attack last year.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told CNN that he had been “heartened” by the DHS report.
“We’re still reviewing the recommendations of the DHS, and we will take them into account when we’re reviewing the order,” Becerras said.
I think what we do know is that we need to take steps to protect Californians from discrimination and terrorism, and that’s what we’re doing.”