(NationalSentinel) A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush has issued a blanket restraining order on President Donald J. Trump’s executive action banning travel into the U.S. from seven countries known to sponsor terrorism, but the White House has vowed to fight the order, claiming the right to protect American citizens.
A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order Friday stopping President Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.
Judge James Robart, who was appointed by former President George Bush in 2003, ruled the executive order would be stopped nationwide, effective immediately.
“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement after the ruling. “No one is above the law — not even the President.”
“It’s our president’s duty to honor this ruling and I’ll make sure he does,” Ferguson added.
The ruling, made at the request of Washington and Minnesota, is the broadest to date against Trump’s executive order.
In response, the White House said it would definitely fight the ruling.
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” a late Friday statement read.
“The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people,” it continued.
Ferguson, a Democrat, later told CNN that he believed the case would eventually go before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is two things: The most liberal federal court in the country (which is why this case was filed in that district – court-shopping) and the district whose rulings are the most overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The angry Left is portraying this as a “Muslim ban,”but it’s not. And even if it were, the law is clear, as we have reported:
Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 states: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Presidents have authority to issue the order that Trump issued; five presidents before him have issued similar travel bans and for the exact same reason, so despite this legal hiccup, we expect the administration will eventually prevail.