A week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigration into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, federal judge James Robart ordered a nationwide halt on its enforcement. Now, Trump is vowing to take the case to the Supreme Court.
"We're going to take it through the system," Trump said on Feb. 7 at the White House, notes The Hill. "It's very important for the country."
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Feb. 3 following Judge Robart's ruling, notes The Seattle Times. “The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”
“Every President over the last thirty years has invoked this authority to suspend or impose restrictions on the entry of certain aliens or classes of aliens, in some instances including classifications based on nationality,” Chad Readler, acting U.S. Attorney General, submitted in a brief following the ruling.
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"The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" Trump tweeted the following morning.
“There’s no question the president respects the judicial branch and its ruling,” Spicer told the press on Feb. 7, notes Politico. “I think he feels confident, just like in the ruling in Boston, that we’re gonna prevail on this on the merits of the case because it is done so in a very lawful way.”
“Some things are law, and I’m all in favor of that, and some things are common sense,” Trump continued at the White House on Feb. 7. “This is common sense.”