Jimmy Fallon may joke that he looks like a “Keebler Elf,” but there’s nothing funny about his battle to stand up to the courts and those cities wanting to keep their sanctuary city status. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has vowed to continue the legal fight to carry out President Trump’s executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities.
In a statement Wednesday night, the Attorney General did not indicate whether the administration plans to appeal a district court judge’s ruling barring federal officials from using Trump’s order to withdraw an extensive amount of federal funding from regions that refuse to cooperate with enforcement of immigration laws. “Actions that have always been understood to be squarely within the powers of the President, regardless of the administration, have now been enjoined,” Sessions said. “The Department of Justice cannot accept such a result, and as the President has made clear, we will continue to litigate this case to vindicate the rule of law.”
The Trump administration has many legal options on the table. One would be an immediate appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over the latest ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick’s preliminary injunction. Another option would be to ask Orrick to modify or narrow the said order. And one other option would be to allow the litigation to play out in the district court hoping that the since the current injunction is preliminary, Orrick might change his mind after receiving actual evidence.
The Attorney General’s statement was somewhat more reserved that the stern response to Orrick’s decision by the White House. But Session’s statement was more critical of the judge’s ruling than the broader statement put out by the Department of Justice. “The American people demand a lawful system of immigration. Congress has established a lawful system of immigration. At the heart of this immigration debate is disagreement over whether illegally entering this country is a crime. Our duly enacted laws answer that question,” Sessions said Wednesday.
The White House Statement said, “This is the Trump era. Progress is being made daily, and it will continue. This will be the Administration that fully enforces our nation’s immigration laws. Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation. This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge. Today’s ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping.”
In both a tweet and an interview, the president closed his words about the judge and the 9th Circuit Court by saying, “We’ll see them in the Supreme Court.”
Do you think that it should be taken to the Supreme Court?