With President Trump’s immigration order on hold, the U.S. Justice Department filed notice Saturday evening of a formal appeal of a judge’s temporary restraining order, as the President repeatedly and publicly grumbled about the legal setback.
The official notice of appeal was a bare bones legal document filed by the Trump Administration, as this legal fight will now shift to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – an appellate court with a long legal history that shades to the liberal side.
No date has yet been set for legal arguments on the matter.
The filing came after a number of public complaints from the President about the legal setback on immigration.
“What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?” Trump asked in one of a series of tweets that took aim at the decision of Federal District Judge James Robart.
Meanwhile, the federal government was shifting border entry policy back to where it was before Mr. Trump signed the Executive Order which put the brakes on refugee admissions, and all but stopped travelers from seven different majority-Muslim nations.
With very specific court orders from several parts of the country aimed at their work, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service made clear they had re-worked their enforcement guidelines.
The note on the CBP website was very much like one that you can still find from federal immigration officials about the federal judge’s ruling that stopped President Obama’s executive actions on immigration:
In that legal fight, Mr. Obama’s plans never got untracked before he left office; we’ll see in coming weeks whether this legal detour is just a nuisance, or a judicial order that forces Mr. Trump to retreat.