President Trump is throwing the book at the appeals against his immigration executive order…literally quoting the law that allows him to have done what he did.
President Trump on Wednesday brought the legal dispute over his immigration executive order into the court of public opinion, using a Washington law enforcement address to mount an urgent defense of the measure and urge the federal courts to reinstate it.
At a meeting with local sheriffs and police chiefs, the president said he issued the immigration order “for the security of our nation, the security of our citizens, so that people come in who aren’t going to do us harm.”
He spoke after a hearing late Tuesday during which the Justice Department presented its arguments to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The DOJ is fighting to overturn a Seattle judge’s decision to halt the controversial order that suspended the U.S. refugee program and immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. A decision could come at any time.
“We’re in an area where, let’s just say, they are interpreting things differently from probably 100 pecent of people in this room,” Trump said.
Trump read out parts of the federal law outlining presidential powers on the subject, saying it was written clearly and “beautifully.”
The part of the U.S. Code he read specifies that when the president “finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation … suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
“A bad high school student would understand this,” he said.