For the first time in modern U.S. history, a president is considering breaking up a federal court because it ruled against him.
President Donald Trump confirmed to the Washington Examiner on April 26 that he has considered breaking up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals:
Absolutely, I have. There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It's outrageous. Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit. And we have a big country. We have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that's like, semiautomatic.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against two of Trump's immigration executive orders to block travelers from some Muslim-majority countries.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick temporarily blocked Trump's executive order to hold back federal funds from any so-called "sanctuary city" that does not assist federal immigration officials in deportations on April 25. If the Trump administration appeals the order, then it would be decided at the 9th Circuit Court.
Trump lamented those rulings to the Washington Examiner:
The language could not be any clearer. 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 on the ban.
And the same thing with this [sanctuary city decision]. 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.
Steinle was killed by an immigrant who was in the country illegally in San Francisco, a self-declared "sanctuary city," in 2015.
Trump insisted sanctuary cities are dangerous:
Sanctuary cities have been very, very dangerous, very, very bad. And, you know, we've done a great job on law enforcement, we've done a great job at the border. And all of our most talented people say sanctuary cities are a disaster.
You see judge shopping, or what's gone on with these people, they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. It's got close to an 80 percent reversal period, and what's going on in the 9th Circuit is a shame.
In February, Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Dan Sullivan of Alaska wrote a bill, the Circuit Court of Appeals Restructuring and Modernization Act, to break up the 9th Circuit, which has been ruling since 1866, into two separate courts -- the 9th Circuit and a new 12th Circuit, reports the Washington Examiner.