Much of California has rallied against President Trump’s travel ban and with good reason. It’s grounded in anti-Muslim bigotry, limits travel that is vital to our state’s economy culture, and, stupidly, seeks to fight terrorism by keeping out its victims.
Which is why California should cancel its own, very different travel ban.
This year, a new state law went into effect banning state-funded or state-sponsored travel to states that have recently enacted discriminatory laws on basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Four states are currently banned: North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kansas.
The desire to express outrage against such laws is understandable. But already the law is having negative effects. The LA Times reported that it’s blocked students from attending conferences and public university athletes from competing in those states.