ACLU To Donald Trump On Muslim Ban: 'Glad We Agree'
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 14:35
Donald Trump has never had an issue with calling a spade a spade, so when news of the attacks in London broke out on Saturday it was no surprise to see the president retweeting a Drudge Report headline that mentioned fears of a terror attack, fully an hour before official confirmation came from United Kingdom authorities.
Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said the justices shouldn't disturb court rulings that are keeping the travel ban on hold. The injunction applies to Section 2 (c) of the order that suspends entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The high court also is being asked to uphold the constitutionality of the Trump travel policy, which lower courts have blocked because it shows anti-Muslim prejudice.
But Jadwat said Trump passed up a clear opportunity in front of many leaders of the Arab world "to explain or retract any of his earlier statements". Once again Trump proved to do the exact opposite of what most people would expect him to do, and this morning he doubled, tripled and even quadrupled down on calling his attempt at extreme vetting a travel ban.
As President Donald Trump renewed his push Sunday for a travel ban in the wake of another terrorist attack in England, new opposition emerged from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
The administration is "confident that President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.
In the past, White House press secretary Sean Spicer has argued to reporters that the executive order is not a travel ban. Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii have since suspended the ban, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed with the Maryland judge that the order was discriminatory.
Reza Nekumanesh, the director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Fresno, said it's tiring to hear the travel ban be brought up time and time again.
Thirteen of the court's 15 active judges took part.
The administration needs five votes on the nine-justice court to put the ban into effect.
The fight over the emergency application is likely to determine whether the ban ever takes effect.