Posted: 11:13 am Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
Waiting for court action on his immigration order, President Donald Trump told a law enforcement conference on Wednesday in Washington that the federal judiciary should uphold his 120 day moratorium on refugee admissions along with a suspension of visitors from seven different Muslim-majority countries, arguing he acted to protect “the security of the nation.”
“I don’t want to ever call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased – and we haven’t had a decision yet,” Mr. Trump said.
“But courts seem to be so political,” the President added, as he acknowledged he had monitored the arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I watched last night in amazement, and I heard things that I couldn’t believe,” he said, making clear his disdain for the delay on his order, as he said even a “bad student in high school” could understand the issue.
It wasn’t hard to find all sorts of predictions on what the three judge panel will do with the Trump immigration order, from upholding its implementation, to sending the entire matter back to the district court for more review.
“It was done for the security of our nation, for the security of our citizens,” the President said. “So that people come in who aren’t going to do us harm.”
If you missed the just over one hour of oral arguments, which were conducted by telephone, you can listen to them here:
Meanwhile, another executive action by President Trump is now facing a lawsuit, as the group Public Citizen filed suit against Mr. Trump’s recent Executive Order that is designed to rein in federal regulations.
The President last week authorized a plan where federal agencies would not be allowed to issue a new rule, unless they also knocked out two other regulations.
Public Citizen charged in a court filing that such a plan exceeds the authority granted to the President.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.