(National Sentinel) Executive Branch: In a rare move, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to expedite the Trump administration’s case in appealing lower court rulings that have struck down two of President Donald J. Trump’s executive orders banning travel to the U.S. from countries rife with terrorist activity.
As reported by Breitbart News, the move is rare for the high court, which could be motivated to act more quickly given a string of terrorist attacks in Europe, including another in Britain overnight:
President Trump issued Executive Order 13780 (EO) on March 6, Section 2(c) of which temporarily restricted travel from six Muslim-majority countries associated with terrorism while the United States developed new vetting procedures to keep the nation safe.
Immigration activists sued, along with several immigrants and their families. A liberal federal district judge in Maryland granted a preliminary injunction blocking Section 2(c) of the EO. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit then affirmed the trial court’s injunction in a 10-3 decision, ruling that the EO violated the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, and taking the almost unheard-of step of all the court’s judges hearing the case, instead of sending it to a three-judge panel.
Late last week the Department of Justice filed a petition for review, in which plaintiffs led by the Left-wing ACLU would have until July 3 to file a response, normally. However:
Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall at DOJ also asked Chief Justice John Roberts (who supervises the Fourth Circuit) to stay the appellate court’s decision until the justices can decide the matter.
On Friday, the Supreme Court rapidly expedited everything. The ACLU—which represents the plaintiffs—have been ordered to file their response by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12. The ACLU lawyers must also respond to DOJ’s application for a stay by that time.
The Court could conceivably then vote immediately on whether to take the case, or anytime shortly thereafter. Under a normal briefing schedule, the Court would then hear arguments in October, and issue a decision by the end of 2017.
It’s also possible that the Court could accelerate briefing on an emergency basis, then hold arguments over the summer, or possibly even in June before recessing for the summer. The Court could make clear by the week of June 12 which course it is pursuing.
Understand that this entire case is reprehensible and should not even be in the federal court system. You can hate on Trump all you want, but by statute, precedence and constitutional authority, the Executive Branch, not the Judicial Branch, sets foreign and national security policy. The Left-wing judges who have all ruled against the president in this case have based their decisions on things Trump said during the campaign, which they are very loosely interpreting to mean a full-on “Muslim ban” (which, if you read the statute, Trump could still do – though he has no plans to do so and never had any plan to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.).
The disgusting ACLU and “immigration groups” claiming the high moral ground here are using it as an excuse to block Trump, period; King Obama issued the very same type of executive orders against the very same countries some years ago, and lo and behold, lib groups had no problems with it.
These Left-wing groups are harming national security with these ridiculous, unprecedented challenges to a president’s unquestionable authority in this arena. Every day he is delayed puts more and more Americans at risk.
Should there be a terrorist attack conducted by someone allowed in the country that would not have been here were the president’s orders left unchallenged, it’s not going to be Trump with blood on his hands; it will be the ACLU and those radical, America-hating Left-wing groups who cherry-picked federal judges in order to block the orders.
And, of course, the activist judges themselves.