(NationalSentinel) A simple reading of a simple law giving presidents the authority to issue executive orders regarding who can and cannot come into the United States, for national security reasons, has now become a political issue, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.
Answering questions about a 9th Circuit federal judge who last week blocked his executive order banning, for 90 days, travel into the U.S. from seven countries infested with terrorist organizations, Trump was critical of a process he says is overly politicized.
Addressing a conference of police chiefs, Mr Trump told the crowd he had listened to Tuesday’s hearing with dismay.
“I won’t say the court was biased. But so political,” he said.
Trump read at length from a document that the paper did not describe, but it could have been the statute that has given every president before him since 1952 the very same authority he is attempting to use now. 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.”
That’s pretty cut-and-dried. And for the record, Obama used the statute several times to issue travel bans to, as the mainstream media now describes them, “Muslim-majority countries” (in a blatant attempt to make it seem as though Trump’s order is “racist” and religion-oriented).
“It’s so sad when you read something so perfectly written and so clear to anybody. I watched last night in amazement and I heard things I couldn’t believe,” Trump said.
“I don’t ever want to call a court biased so I won’t call it biased, and we haven’t had a decision yet, but courts seem to be so political. But it would be so great for our sysem if they could read something and do what’s right,” he added.
Yes, wouldn’t it be?