A federal appeals panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump's controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries can continue entering the United States.Trump is not going to let this go—not his disgusting ban and not his hostility toward the courts, who are providing the only checks and balances against him at the moment, since Congress is being run by vandals.
In a unanimous 29-page opinion, three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit flatly rejected the government's argument that suspension of the order should be lifted immediately for national security reasons, and they forcefully asserted their ability to serve as a check on the president's power.
The judges wrote that any suggestion that they could not "runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy."
...Trump reacted angrily on Twitter, posting just minutes after the ruling, "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" He later said to reporters that the judges had made "a political decision."
"We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake, and it's a very, very serious situation, so we look forward, as I just said, to seeing them in court," he said.
Yesterday, at his swearing-in, the new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions felt obliged to comment on the immigration ban: "We need a lawful system of immigration. One that serves the interest of the people of the United States. That's not wrong, that's not immoral, that's not indecent." It is all of those things, and our AG doth preemptively protest too much.
So they aren't done taking this to court. But, for now, it's some relief.
3-0— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2017