Trump To Federal Judge: You’re To Blame If Something Happens

President Trump suggested Sunday that the federal judge who blocked an anti-immigration order will be responsible if someone is able to slip into the country and commit a terrorist act.

The Hill reported that the president, responding to Judge James Robart’s injunction on his Jan. 27 executive action that temporarily barred travelers from seven primarily Muslim nations, tweeted: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” In a subsequent message, Trump wrote: “I have instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!”

On Saturday, the day following the injunction, Trump asked his Twitter followers: “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?” According to The Hill, Vice President Mike Pence defended the tweets. He told reporters that the president was just “speaking his mind.”

The executive order would have temporarily prevented any non-Americans from entering the country from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq or Yemen. All the nations are primarily Muslim, though Trump denies he is targeting people for their religion. The ban was to have lasted at least three months, or until U.S. officials devised a better vetting process. The order also called for barring Syrian war refugees indefinitely and all other refugees for 120 days.

Throughout his race for the White House, Trump promised to stop “Islamic terrorism” by improving border enforcement and limiting immigration. He called for banning all Muslims, but later moderated the proposal.

The executive order resulted in chaos at several major U.S. airports, where authorities detained arrivals from the seven countries. Protesters turned out in droves at the airports, as well as in the streets of dozens of cities. Democrats, as well as some Republicans, have denounced the travel ban.

On Sunday, a federal appeals court turned down a request by the Department of Justice to end the injunction. That means the immigrants may keep entering the United States for the time being, according to NBC News.

The Justice Department argued that “unlike the president, courts do not have access to classified information about the threat posed by terrorist organizations operating in particular nations, the efforts of those organizations to infiltrate the United States, or gaps in the vetting process.”

Source: The Hill
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