Trump De­fends Travel Ban, Blasts Courts as ‘So Po­lit­i­cal’

The 9th US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals is weigh­ing whether to re­in­state an ex­ec­u­tive or­der bar­ring US en­try to refugees and na­tion­als from 7 Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries

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Wash­ing­ton: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day slammed the court that is de­lib­er­at­ing his im­mi­gra­tion and refugee ex­ec­u­tive or­der for hav­ing mo­ti­va­tions he de­scribed as “so po­lit­i­cal”.

Speak­ing to a group of police chiefs and sher­iffs, Trump honed in on the lan­guage used in a pro­vi­sion de­tail­ing pres­i­den­tial pow­ers to limit “in­ad­mis­si­ble aliens”.

The pro­vi­sion states that when a pres­i­dent finds that the en­try of for­eign­ers may be detri­men­tal to US in­ter­ests, the pres­i­dent may “sus­pend the en­try of all aliens or any class of aliens as im­mi­grants or non­im­mi­grants, or im­pose on the en­try of aliens any re­stric­tions he may deem to be ap­pro­pri­ate”.

“It was writ­ten beau­ti­fully,” Trump told the at­ten­dees, as­sert­ing that even “a bad high school stu­dent would un­der­stand this”.

“Courts seem to be so po­lit­i­cal and it would be so great for our jus­tice sys­tem if they would be able to read a state­ment and do what’s right,’’ he added. “And that has to do with the security of our coun­try, which is so im­por­tant.” The 9th US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals is weigh­ing the ap­peal of Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der on im­mi­gra­tion, which tem­po­rar­ily sus­pends the coun­try’s refugee pro­gramme and bans travel for cit­i­zens of seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries. In a hear­ing on Tues­day, judges on the ap­peals court chal­lenged the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s claim that the ban was mo­ti­vated by ter­ror­ism­fears,bu­tal­so­ques­tionedan at­tor­ney’s ar­gu­ment that it un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally tar­geted Mus­lims. Hun­dreds of mem­bers of the Ma­jor Cities Chiefs As­so­ci­a­tion a nd Ma­jor County Sheri f f ’s As­so­ci­a­tion were in the stand­ing room crowd, some in uni­form but the ma­jor­ity in plain clothes.

They snapped photos with their phones as the pres­i­dent spoke, but clapped spar­ingly when he asked whether they were in agree­ment with his views on the im­mi­gra­tion ban. His com­ments about com­bat­ting­dru­gabuse­and­thetar­getingof police of­fi­cers drew a more en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from the crowd.

Trump, in his re­marks, sought to link his com­ments about the court bat­tle over his ex­ec­u­tive or­der to the law en­force­ment com­mu­nity in at­ten­dance.

“We have to al­low you to do your job,’’ he said. “And we have to give you the weapons that you need, and this is a weapon that you need and they’re try­ing to take it away from you.’’

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