President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning denounced a federal court ruling against his travel ban, his latest criticism on the judiciary in the ongoing legal battle over his controversial executive order. "The President's authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints".
"I think we can all attest that these are very unsafe times and we need every available tool at our disposal to prevent terrorists from entering the United States and committing acts of bloodshed and violence", Spicer told a briefing. Presidents do have substantial latitude in setting immigration policy and in preserving national security, but those powers are not limitless and can not be exercised arbitrarily.
The second travel ban, signed by Trump on March 6 as part of his executive order, bars nationals of Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days; and suspends the entry of all refugees.
The high court was already weighing whether to grant an emergency appeal over a sweeping May ruling in a Maryland case that concluded President Donald Trump's executive order was unconstitutional for singling out Muslims.
A lower court had issued the injunction on the grounds that the ban was discriminatory after a challenge by the state of Hawaii, BBC reported on Monday.
When you look at what the law is and the USA code that allows the President to do whatever he needs to, that's what we were deciding on.
"Our system of checks and balances, enshrined in the Constitution for more than 225 years, remains in place".
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The US is seeking to stem a region-wide diplomatic crisis that is threatening its focus on counter-terrorism. Though the president said others, too, were guilty of supporting terrorism, he said he would not name them.
The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, saying the us will be safer if the policy is put in place. The Justice Department filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, which is expected to announce in the coming weeks whether it will hear the case.
Trumps executive order suspended travel from six mainly Muslim countries for 90 days to give the administration time to conduct a review of its vetting procedures. "We disagree with the Ninth Circuit's decision to block that authority". Trump lamented the court "did it again" by upholding a ruling blocking the second version of his Muslim travel ban on Monday.
An appeals court based in Richmond, Virginia, ruled on May 25 that Trump meant to discriminate against Muslims in his executive order. "To allow the ban to go forward, the courts would have had to ignore a mountain of publicly available evidence - even though everyone else in the country, including those of the disfavored faith, could not ignore it".
The 4th Circuit said the revised executive order violated the First Amendment's prohibition of government establishment of religion.
Trump earlier this month doubled down on some of those comments, deriding the revised travel ban as a "watered down" version of the first and calling the new measure "politically correct".