White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday reacted to the federal court rulings blocking President Trump’s so-called travel ban by saying: “We intend to appeal the flawed rulings.”
During an afternoon press briefing, Spicer said the Department of Justice “is exploring all available options to vigorously defend this executive order.”
On Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a restraining order against Trump’s revised travel ban that affects six countries from the Middle East and North Africa. On Thursday, a federal judge in Maryland became the second one to block parts of Trump’s immigration order, including the 90-day ban on travel from six majority-Muslim countries.
During the briefing, Spicer read 8 U.S. Code 1182, which he said was the “relevant statute” the “court didn’t even bother to quote.” That statute reads: “Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, 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.”
Speaking of the appeal, Spicer said: “The Department of Justice is determining the legal strategy and timing. We expect action to be taken soon to repeal the action in the 4th Circuit and seek clarification prior to appeal in the 9th Circuit.”
“The danger is real and the law is clear,” he said. “The president was elected to change our broken immigration system and he will continue to exercise his constitutional authority and presidential responsibility to protect our nation.”
Anna Giaritelli and Kyle Feldscher contributed
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