Trump considering 'brand new' immigration order after Court setback

Speaking before a law enforcement group earlier this week, President Donald Trump maintained that a federal immigration law was "so perfectly written" that even "a bad student in high school" could see that he had the authority to issue an executive order to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries temporarily.

"We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order", he told reporters Friday aboard Air Force One.

International travelers are welcomed by protesters holding signs during a demonstration against the immigration ban that was imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2017. It seems clear to most of us - not on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - there is no right to come to this country for non-citizens of the United States.

The three judges sitting on the motions panel of the US Courts of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, presented their decision in a 29-page written opinion released in the afternoon.

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The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel means that citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries will continue to be able to travel to the USA, despite Trump's executive order last month.

The Supreme Court is now one short of its nine-member strength and ideologically split, with four liberal justices and four conservatives, pending Senate confirmation of Trump's conservative nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to the bench. "You'll be seeing that sometime next week", Mr Trump said, without providing specifics. "Perhaps Monday or Tuesday", he said. "We're going to have people coming to our country that want to be here for good reasons".

Issa, who said that there needs to be some sort of solution to address the millions of Syrian refugees, was one of many to emphasize the importance of a judiciary that is not beholden to the executive branch. But stifle your surprise that Trump had bothered to do serious reading on the case: He tweeted 12 minutes after Morning Joe drew attention to the exact passage Trump then quoted.

A federal judge in Seattle last week issued a nationwide restraining order blocking Trump's order, leading to the appeal to the 9th Circuit.

The Donald, of course, took to Twitter to respond: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

Trump's executive order imposed a 90-day ban on people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The New York Democrat called on the president to "roll up his sleeves" and come up with "a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe".

  • Leroy Wright