In terse remarks to reporters on Tuesday, President Trump blasted U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar for ruling against his administration on an executive order to temporarily prevent illegal immigrants from claiming asylum in the United States.
“This was an Obama judge, and I’ll tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore,” the president said.
Earlier in the day, Judge Tigar (who is indeed an Obama appointee) ruled that President Trump did not have the authority to rewrite congressional immigration law from the Oval Office. He said that Congress was clear that immigrants had the right to claim asylum regardless of how they get into the country and that their method or point of entry should have little or no impact on that claim.
“That’s not law, that’s not what this country stands for,” Trump said.
In an official statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was even more direct about the ruling, which she said was “contrary to well-established federal law.”
“This decision will open the floodgates, inviting countless illegal aliens to pour into our country on the American taxpayer’s dime,” she said. “This temporary injunction is yet another example of activist judges imposing their open borders policy preferences, which are rejected by the overwhelming majority of the American people.”
Unfortunately, Trump could already see the legal writing on the wall should his administration decide to appeal the order in court. The case would head to the infamous Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a liberal stronghold that has taken what is essentially a reflexive position against the president since he took office.
“Well you go to the Ninth Circuit, and it’s a disgrace,” Trump said. “We’re going to put in a major complaint.”
Eventually, this may have to go before the Supreme Court, and there’s no reason to wonder how THEY will rule. They’ve already basically made the ruling. They did it last year, when they found that President Trump had the constitutional authority to write the Middle Eastern travel ban. Congressional law gives the president wide latitude to act in the interest of national security, and that goes double when the question is about who gets across our borders.
There is no legal reason why Tigar should have interfered with this order. Sanders is absolutely right; he’s an activist judge trying to “Resist” the president from the bench.