In the wake of multiple court decisions to block his travel ban by refugees from selected countries, President Trump issued a promise today to sign a new executive order designed to reinstate the ban but that would get around the roadblocks from the judiciary.
It’s a bold move that is certain to further escalate the war between the White House and the courts.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
President Donald Trump said his government will act anew on immigration next week, after a federal appeals court decided not to reinstate his ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“We’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country; you’ll be seeing that sometime next week,” Trump said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday. He offered no specifics.
The president’s tone was somewhat less defiant than in the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s 26-page ruling from a three-judge panel, when he tweeted that the decision was “disgraceful” and vowed to press on with legal efforts to reinstate the travel ban.
“We are going to keep our country safe,” he said on Friday. “We are going to do whatever’s necessary to keep our country safe.”
He said his administration would also continue to fight for the travel ban in courts, and that “ultimately, I have no doubt we will win that particular case.”
The executive order, issued late last month, bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, from entering the U.S. for the next three months in what the White House says is an effort to combat terrorism.
Green card holders from those countries are allowed to re-enter the country, but are subject to so-called “extreme vetting” procedures.
The Trump administration argued that states had no right to sue to block the immigration order, and said courts have no authority to review an executive branch decision on immigration policy.