A new federal report suggests that a number of states should follow the lead of states that have opted out of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban.
The report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union said states should consider adopting a similar measure to those that have already opted out.
The states could opt out if they believe the measure would violate federal law.
The federal government’s executive order barring people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days has also been blocked by courts.
It also applies to green card holders, but they are allowed to enter the country.
Federal courts in Texas and New York have struck down part of the executive order, which has led to a temporary halt on refugee admissions from six countries.
The ACLU report said a number more states could adopt similar measures.
It said the ACLU estimates that as many as 12,000 refugees could be prevented from entering states that opt out.
The study is based on data from state-level exit data, which the ACLU said is incomplete because many states have not publicly released their data.
It estimated that about 1,300 refugees could arrive in the United States annually if they were to be admitted.
The state-by-state analysis found that nine states that do not have an exit data system, such as Texas and North Dakota, would have to adopt similar policies.
The remaining 11 states, such a California and Rhode Island, would be able to use a database that allows them to identify refugees and allow them to be vetted.
“It’s important to recognize that this is a temporary ban, which is not intended to be permanent,” ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer said in a statement.
“The administration’s new proposal will be put on hold until the courts review it.
We are confident the courts will eventually uphold this important measure.”