On Friday U.S. District Judge James Robart, a federal judge in Seattle, issued a halt to Donald Trump’s executive order, commonly referred to as a Muslim ban. On Saturday night, the U.S. Justice Department filed an appeal of the judge’s order, saying that the ruling “conflicts with the basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application.” The appeal also states that it is the President’s “sovereign prerogative” to admit or deny immigrants.
Trump took to Twitter to blast the Seattle judge’s decision saying, “The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!”
The Justice Department called the ban necessary “to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.”
“Judicial second-guessing of the President’s national security determination in itself imposes substantial harm on the federal government and the nation at large,” it says. The order also imposes harm on U.S. citizens “by thwarting the legal effect of the public’s chosen representative,” the appeal goes on to say.
Luckily, an appeals court saw through the BS and ruled against Trump, denying his request for an immediate stay to reinstate the travel ban.