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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prevent district judges from placing nationwide injunctions on federal policy changes.
The two Republicans, both close allies of President Trump, noted the bill follows a decision from a federal judge in California Monday that reinstated a ban on implementing a new policy that would curtail migrants’ ability to apply for asylum at the southern border. An appeals court on Wednesday narrowed that injunction to just Arizona and California, the two border states within its jurisdiction, allowing the administration to apply the rule in New Mexico and Texas.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Our laws need to be vigorously vetted through the courts, but it makes zero sense for the legality of a nationwide law to rest entirely on the opinion of one judge, or one district court,” said Meadows. “Current law inadvertently empowers detrimental judicial activism, and it needs to change. This is a common-sense reform that returns our system of checks and balances where it was intended to be.”
“Policy decisions ought to be made by elected representatives accountable to the American people, not activist judges with lifetime appointments. In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of activist forum shopping and nationwide injunctions to thwart the administration’s priorities and grind government to a halt,” added Cotton.
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) September 11, 2019
Cotton/Meadows introducing bill banning nationwide injunctions by district court judges (both in CA & installed by Trump).
Cotton: “Policy decisions ought to be made by elected representatives accountable to the American people, not activist judges with lifetime appointments.”
— Zach C. Cohen (@Zachary_Cohen) September 11, 2019
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