Trump vows new security steps after court setback

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2017

The Ninth Circuit has ruled against the USA government in its litigation with the states of Washington and Minnesota over President Donald Trump's hastily issued immigration order.

The broad questions in the case are whether the states have the right to challenge federal immigration laws, how much power the court has to question the president's national security decisions, and if the order discriminates against Muslims. "The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle".

However the companies, in their court filing, said Trump's executive order would destroy the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels American businesses.

"It's unfair to put us all under the same blanket eye I see myself as a very peaceful person I am no where near a terrorist", Buker said.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he reiterated that he meant to continue to fight the legal battle over the order, which an appeals court ruling on Thursday kept on hold. "It will happen rapidly", he told reporters.

"72% of refugees admitted into USA (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN", Trump said in a tweet. "We are going to have people coming to our country that want to be here for good reason", he said.

The executive order Mr Trump issued banned entry into the United States to refugees, and to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, triggering mass protests. Refugees from Syria were blocked indefinitely.

At the same time, refugee arrivals from countries not affected by the order are said to have fallen sharply.

The court rejected Mr Trump's attempt to reinstate the ban on Thursday. And there are tremendous threats to our country.

The AG office could also seek documents and emails from Trump's administration. "We're keeping all our options open", one official said. By that evening, the court unanimously upheld the lower court ruling.

Earlier Friday, Trump vowed to do "whatever is necessary to keep our country safe".

Ferguson appeared to needle Trump on Twitter Monday after the decision, referencing the president's "see you in court" tweet from last week. Barnum said that the executive branch has been trying to get around congress for years, and possibly decades, but notes that the case will only reach the Supreme Court on appeal.

The measure-given with no notice-set off detentions of incoming travelers, protests at airports and global condemnation until a federal judge in Seattle stepped in and suspended the order a week later.

The motion, which indicates the administration is likely to seek an appeal before a panel larger than the three-judge 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, marks the first formal legal response by the Trump administration to a February 9 ruling by the San Francisco-based court, which upheld an earlier District Court ruling.

Last week, the three-judge appellate panel sided with Washington and Minnesota, which say the ban illegally targets Muslims.

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