Trump Targets Appeals Court That Blocked His Immigration Order, Calls It 'Outrageous'

President Trump suggested Wednesday that he might attempt to break up the 25-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to The Hill.

When the Washington Examiner asked whether he had considered taking the action, the president replied, “Absolutely, I have.” He explained: “There are many people that want to break up the Ninth Circuit. It’s outrageous. Everybody immediately runs to the Ninth Circuit, and we have a big country. We have lots of other locations, but they immediately run to the Ninth Circuit because they know that’s like, semi-automatic.” He was referring to the court’s reputation as one of the most liberal in the country.

The judges angered Trump when they ruled against both of his executive actions calling for a temporary ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries and a short-term halt on accepting foreign war refugees. The president argues that U.S. immigration officials need time to improve their screening procedures to ensure that terrorists do not enter the country.

Trump ran into another judicial obstacle on Tuesday, when U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick temporarily blocked his executive order to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary” cities and other government jurisdictions that refuse to enforce U.S. immigration laws. Orrick ruled that the president was seeking to exceed his constitutional authority. The Ninth Circuit will get the case if the administration files an appeal.

“The language could not be any clearer,” Trump said. “I mean, the language on the ban, it reads so easy that a reasonably good student in the first grade will fully understand it, and they don’t even mention the words in their rejection of the ban. And the same thing with this (sanctuary-city ruling). I mean, when you have people that are being enabled to commit crime, and in San Francisco, when you look at Kate Steinle being shot and here is the court, you know, right in that same general area, and when you look at a Kate Steinle, when you look at so many other things.”

The president alleged that “sanctuary cities have been very, very dangerous; very, very bad.” He claimed that “all of our most talented people say sanctuary cities are a disaster.”

Source: The Hill
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