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Trump warns: ‘Chaos, injury and death’ if US court stays independent

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  • US President Donald Trump said on Thanksgiving that
    there would be “bedlam, chaos, injury and death” if the federal
    judiciary did not give him his way on immigration
    policy.
  • Trump has been butting heads with Chief Supreme Court
    Justice John Roberts after the judge defended the independence
    of the federal judiciary.
  • The constitution tasks the judicial branch of
    government, courts, with checking Congress and the executive
    branch on the constitutionality of their actions.
  • Trump particularly attacked the US Court of Appeals for
    the 9th Circuit, a broadly liberal court that’s blocked many of
    his actions on immigration, like the travel ban and more
    recently the asylum ban.

President Donald Trump again butted heads with Chief
Supreme Court Justice John Roberts
in a sustained attack on
the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit after it blocked his
move to restrict access to political asylum in the US for illegal
immigrants.

“Justice Roberts can say what he wants,” Trump tweeted, referring
to a rare statement from the top-ranked
member of the Supreme Court
defending the independence of the
judicial branch of government, “but the 9th Circuit is a complete
& total disaster.”

The 9th Circuit court, based in San Francisco, is one of the US’s
most liberal, and has blocked Trump’s moves on immigration
before, such as his travel ban.


Read more:
Trump lashes out at Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts after he reminded the president that
judges are supposed to be independent

“It is out of control, has a horrible reputation, is overturned
more than any Circuit in the Country, 79%, & is used to get
an almost guaranteed result,” Trump tweeted of the court.

A PolitiFact investigation in
2017
found that when the Supreme Court reviewed cases from
the 9th Circuit court, it did indeed overturn 79%, but the total
number of cases ruled by the court that get overturned stands
lower than 1%.

Furthermore, the 9th Circuit court doesn’t have the highest rate
of cases overturned by the Supreme court, the 6th Circuit court
does, PolitiFact found.

“Judges must not Legislate Security and Safety at the Border, or
anywhere else. They know nothing about it and are making our
Country unsafe,” Trump continued.

The US constitution tasks members of the federal judiciary with
determining whether or not actions from Congress or the executive
branch comply with the constitution.


Read more:
Sen. Chuck Grassley has some
thoughts about Trump’s attacks on federal judges

In the case of the asylum ban, the 9th Circuit court found that
Trump could not bar immigrants who entered the US illegally from
seeking asylum as it clashed with laws passed by Congress.

While Trump as president has broad authority to determine how to
execute law enforcement, legislation must be carried out in
cooperation with Congress.

“Our great Law Enforcement professionals MUST BE ALLOWED TO DO
THEIR JOB! If not there will be only bedlam, chaos, injury and
death. We want the Constitution as written!” Trump continued.

But, the judges in the 9th Circuit are also fulfilling their
constitutional duty, according to Roberts and other legal
experts, and part of their job is determining what jobs law
enforcement professionals can do.

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