Two states have joined in the litigation frenzy over President Trump’s “temporary” travel ban and are warning that if the appellate courts reinstate it, “chaos will ensue.”
The attorneys, one from Washington state and the other from Minnesota, stated, “Defendants now ask this court to unleash chaos again by staying the district court order. The court should decline.”
According to the Associated Press, the attorneys made their filing early Monday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and said they feel the move is unconstitutional.
The two attorneys say their lawsuit is a “strong one” and that the present restraining order against the travel ban is “appropriate,” stating a reverse ruling would “reinstitute those harms, separating families, stranding our university students and faculty, and barring travel.”
Bob Ferguson, Washington state’s attorney general, said, “We don’t argue that Trump has authority to act in the interest of national security.” However, he told NBC’s Today: “We have checks and balances” in this country.
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Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday, “We don’t appoint judges to our district courts to conduct foreign policy or to make decisions about the national security.”
Trump told reporters at a private club in Florida, “We’ll win. For the safety of the country, we’ll win.”
In the Justice Department’s appeal, it is stated that Congress “vests complete discretion” in the president to impose conditions on the entry of foreigners to the United States, and that power is “largely immune from judicial control.”
The temporary restraining order to the executive action issued Friday ignited a Twitter attack from Trump, who called U.S. District Court Judge James Robart a “so-called judge” and his decision “ridiculous.”
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., responded to Trump’s tweets about the judge and the resulting decision. “We don’t have so-called judges. We don’t have so-called senators. We don’t have so-called presidents. We have people from three different branches of government who take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.”
Vice President Pence defended the president, saying [Sasse] “can criticize anybody he wants” but he feels that the majority of the American people “find it very refreshing that they not only understand this president’s mind, but they understand how he feels about things.”
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