The 9th Circuit Court is massive covering the following areas: Arizona, California, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Hawaii, as well as Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Democratic presidents appointed Eighteen of the twenty-five judges in the 9th Circuit Court. They cover a massive area and have an extensive authority that seems to be increasing.
President Trump is now considering breaking up the 9th Circuit Court after a federal district court judge blocked his order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” who decline to cooperate with federal officials on immigration law. On Wednesday, in an interview with the Washington Examiner, President Trump said, “there are many people who want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.” He accused liberals of “judge-shopping” for a court that would strike down his executive orders. “I mean, the language on the ban, it reads so easy that a reasonably good student in the first grade will fully understand it. And they don’t even mention the words in their rejection on the ban,” Trump said.
The president continued to claim that judges and the courts were overstepping their authority. He said his opponents “immediately run” to the court system for “semi-automatic” rulings. Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court blocked Trump’s executive order barring immigration from several Muslim-majority countries and also banning all Syrian refugees from the U.S. for a temporary period of time.
If President Trump moves forward, breaking up the 9th Circuit Court, he will have some Republican backing. Earlier this year, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) voiced support for breaking up the court which is known as one of the most liberal in the country.
However, for the break up to occur the judges would have to agree and that is probably not going to happen.
We would love to see your comments about this showdown between the president and individual judges. Does the 9th Circuit Court have too much power and influence? Should Trump break up their monopoly over such a massive territory?
Credit: This Hill