Monday, February 13, 2017

TRUMP AGENDA - The Travel/Immigration Ban

"How both sides see the legal challenge on Trump's travel ban" PBS NewsHour 2/6/2017


SUMMARY:  A Constitutional showdown is underway over President Trump's controversial executive order on immigration.  In Seattle, a federal judge issued a temporary halt to Trump's travel ban, resulting in an appeal from the Justice Department.  John Yang gets two takes on the legal arguments from Washington state Attorney General Robert Ferguson and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.

JOHN YANG (NewsHour):  Now to the constitutional showdown over President Trump's executive order on immigration.

For the first of two looks at what's at stake, we are joined first by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson from Seattle.  It was his suit that led to this weekend's temporary shutdown of the ban.

Attorney General Ferguson, thanks for joining us.

BOB FERGUSON, Washington State Attorney General:  Thanks for having me on.

JOHN YANG:  If you — if the court lifts this ban, lifts the temporary restraining order, will you appeal to the Supreme Court?

BOB FERGUSON:  Well, to be crystal clear, I will use every tool I have to make sure that this unconstitutional executive order doesn't stand.

That said, we're confident the Ninth Circuit will affirm what Judge Robart, who was appointed, of course, by President George W. Bush, will affirm his decision to grant that TRO.

JOHN YANG:  I assume you're anticipating if he does keep it in place that the Justice Department will take it to the Supreme Court.  What's your sense of how your chances would fare on the current court?

BOB FERGUSON:  Well, I feel very confident.

As I mentioned, Judge Robart is a very serious, well-respected judge appointed by President George W. Bush.  And he took the significant step of granting a temporary restraining order.  There's a high hurdle for a lawyer to meet in a courtroom to get a judge to grant a TRO, a temporary restraining order.

So, given that and the fact the Ninth Circuit declined to give an emergency stay a couple nights ago, we feel confident with our case not just at the Ninth Circuit, but frankly all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, if that's what it comes down to.

"Intent of Trump's immigration order questioned in appeals court" PBS NewsHour 2/7/2017


SUMMARY:  A federal appeals court heard arguments on Tuesday whether to override a lower court on President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration.  How did the attorneys lay out their cases and what's at stake?  Audie Cornish speaks with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.

"Why the 9th Circuit Court rejected Trump's immigration ban appeal" PBS NewsHour 2/9/2017


SUMMARY:  A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate President Trump's immigration order in a unanimous decision on Thursday.  Mr. Trump called it "a political decision" and tweeted, "SEE YOU IN COURT."  Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to offer a recap of what the judges concluded and what's next for the Trump administration's case.

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