As part of his plan to confront and deter the Central American migrant caravan, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation which rendered ineligible for asylum any non-citizen caught entering the nation illegally, instead mandating that all asylum-seekers make their claim in a legal port of entry.
Of course, that proclamation was immediately challenged in court, and a liberal district judge in San Francisco issued a nationwide injunction to halt Trump’s change to the asylum process. The ruling prompted a swift and heated statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Sanders rips “activist judges”
“At this very moment, massive numbers of aliens are arriving at our southern border, threatening to incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system,” Sanders said in the official statement.
“Yet now, a single district judge has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the executive branch from performing its Constitutional duty to enforce our borders and control entry into the United States,” she continued. “This decision will open the floodgates, inviting countless illegal aliens to pour into our country on the American taxpayer’s dime.”
“The court’s ruling is contrary to well-established Federal law, the Attorney General’s and Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretion under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the President’s own Constitutional and statutory authority,” said Sanders.
“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, and interfering with the executive branch’s authority to administer the immigration system in a manner that ensures the Nation’s safety, security, and the rule of law,” she added.
Sanders concluded, “We will take all necessary action to defend the executive branch’s lawful response to the crisis at our southern border.”
The president responds
Prior to departing the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Mar-a-Lago, Trump fielded a few questions from reporters. “What is your reaction to the fact that your asylum policy has been put on hold?” a reporter asked.
Trump’s reply glossed over the district court judge’s ruling and focused instead on the liberal-dominated 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — where his administration typically loses, something liberals know and take full advantage of — indicating that the administration intends to appeal the initial ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
“And the 9th Circuit is really something we have to take a look at because it’s — because it’s not fair. People should not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit and file their case. And you people know better than anybody what’s happening. It’s a disgrace,” said Trump. “In my opinion, it’s a disgrace what happens with the 9th Circuit. We will win that case in the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Both Sanders and Trump made it abundantly clear that they were none too pleased with the asylum case ruling from the judge in San Francisco, and the president was under no illusions as to how the appeal of that ruling to the 9th Circuit Court would play out.
However, the White House also made it clear they aren’t about to back down on this issue, despite the judge’s ruling.