The Trump administration is all set to defend and justify its executive order on the travel ban in the courts after a federal judge in Seattle put a halt on the executive order.
The Trump Administration has challenged the Seattle judge’s stay order before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, before whom Attorney Generals from as many as 16 states have filed amici curiae brief against the Executive Order.
The White House has ruled out any possibility of withdrawing the order that bans people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering US for a period of 90 days. The White House also exuded confidence of winning the case.
“Clearly the law is on the President’s side. The Constitution is on the President’s side. He has broad discretion to do what’s in the nation’s best interests to protect our people. And we feel very confident that we will prevail in this matter,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters travelling with the President aboard Air Force One from Tampa in Florida to Andrews Air Force base.
The appeals court has asked for both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes its final decision in the matter.
“This filing is about keeping our communities safe, protecting our economy, and upholding the rule of law. Pennsylvania was founded on the promise of liberty and we’re proud to help lead this effort in support of Washington State’s lawsuit,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.
“No president or administration is more powerful than our laws and our Constitution. As state AGs, it is our job to hold this administration accountable and stand for the interests of our states and our residents. We are united in this effort,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the order “discriminatory”, “unconstitutional and un-American” whereas the US government defended the ban as a “lawful exercise” of President’s authority.
“This executive order was done in the best interest of protecting the American people. I think this is something that has broad support from the American people from one coast to another, and we’re going to continue to do what we have to. And this President is committed to making sure that the country and its people are safe,” said the White House spokesman.
On the other hand, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleged, “Immigrants are the life-blood of our nation who work hard to build our country, especially in California. Our universities, medical institutions, businesses, and our tax base are all harmed by President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and un-American order.”
The temporary travel ban which affects Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has sparked widespread protests around the world.
(With inputs from agencies)