By: Harold G. Bailey
Sunday Feb.5, 2017:-
A federal Judge dealt a significant blow to President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days, and a total ban on refugees from Syria entering the country, indefinitely.
Federal Judge James Robart issued the nationwide stay of execution on Trump’s executive order Friday in a suit brought by the States of Washington and Minnesota, which was heard in Seattle.
The Trump administration swiftly appealed the ruling requesting that Robart’s decision be rescinded. The request was, however, rejected by the 9th circuit court of appeals in a hearing late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Both the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security said they will follow the ruling of the courts. Lawyers for both sides are expected back in court on Monday — Feb. 6 – to file briefs ordered by the court. Trump reacted angrily to Robart’s ruling. ” The opinion of this so – called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country is ridiculous,” he fumed in a tweet. “We will win,” he said at a gala for the Red Cross at his Mar – a – Largo estate in Florida.
Democrats, led by senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Patrick Lehay — the ranking member on the senate judiciary committee were quick to blast Trump, pointing to a possible constitutional crisis.
Administration officials in the meantime, continue to defend Trump’s executive order as necessary to protect the country. On Meet The Press Sunday, vice president Mike Pence told moderator Chuck Todd, “we will prevail. I am confident that the president’s action is constitutional. He has a responsibility to protect the American people.”
Around the world, people affected by the ban were taking advantage of the court order to fly to the United States. The latest developments capped a week of panic, uncertainty, confusion, fear and chaos at airports across the country over the executive order signed by the president on January 27.
There were also huge protests in cities nationwide and globally. In the United Kingdom – which shares a special relationship with the US – more than two million people have signed an on-line petition urging British prime minister Theresa May to “withdraw an invitation to the president for a safe visit.
May is the only world leader to have met with the new president who took office on January 20.