After a federal judge blocked an executive order from President Trump that temporarily froze travel from seven countries with terrorism problems, the Department of Justice responded almost immediately, promising to challenge the ruling, CNN reports.
Federal Judge James Robart, a Seattle-based district court judge, issued the order Friday, writing that, “The court concludes that the circumstances brought before it today are such that it must intervene to fulfill its constitutional role in our tripartite government.”
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by the state of Washington. “This is exactly what we were looking for,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
Instead of waiting out the weekend, however, Trump’s Department of Justice immediately responded with its intention to fight the ruling.
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” a statement from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer read.
“The President’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”
Fox News reported that the State Department was monitoring the impact of the ruling “barring the U.S. government from enforcing provisions of Executive Order 13769.”
“We are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security and our legal teams to determine how this affects our operations,” a State Department spokesman said. “We will announce any changes affecting travelers to the United States as soon as that information is available.”
While Judge Robart was an appointee of President George W. Bush, the judge has been known to take liberal positions before. Robart first came to widespread public attention in August of 2016 by saying “black lives matter” in open court as a rebuke to the Seattle Police Department and its police union, which were parties to the case in question.
— Ansel Herz (@Ansel) August 23, 2016
Whatever the case, Robart seems to be rather foggy on 8 U.S. Code 1182, which states, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
We would hope that no matter what their personal feelings on the matter, judges would realize what the law says and judge accordingly. Trump’s Department of Justice definitely seems ready to press the case.
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