The federal judge in Maryland who issued an original injunction on President Trump’s second executive order on refugee travel is now upping the ante.
In a small footnote in his decision he left open the window on the possibility that he could actually order Trump to honor Barack Obama’s decision to allow entry for double the number of refugees Trump wants to block.
Here’s more from Redstate…
U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang in federal court in Maryland is considering ordering the federal government to admit all 100,000 so-called refugees into the United States as authorized by former president Barack Hussein Obama despite President Donald J. Trump’s “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” issued on March 6, 2017, to be effective March 16, 2017 (the “March 6 E.O.”), which at Section 6(b) limits the entry of refugees to 50,000:
Sec. 6(b) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any entries in excess of that number until such time as I determine that additional entries would be in the national interest.
That language is very similar to that contained in Trumps first, and now revoked, executive order to protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States, which read at Section 5(d):
5 (d) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.
On March 15, 2017, Judge Chuang issued “an injunction barring enforcement of Section 2(c),” the so-called travel ban, contained in the March 6 E.O. While the injunction is limited to the travel ban, Judge Chuang’s decision, contains a troubling footnote on page three which reveals that the parties agreed to continue to litigate Section 6(b) of the March 6 E.O.:
On February 22, 2017, Plaintiffs filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction of S 5(d) of the Executive Order, ECF No. 64, requesting that the Court enjoin a specific provision of the First Executive Order. With the agreement of the parties, the Court set a briefing and hearing schedule extending to March 28, 2017. The Court will resolve that Motion, which the parties have agreed should be construed to apply to the successor provision of the Second Executive Order, in accordance with the previously established schedule.
That’s right, Judge Chuang may, after the March 28 hearing, decide to substitute his judgment for that of the President of the United States and decide to let in the number of refugees enter the United States that the president who appointed him wanted to admit, a number which the current president has determined “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
President Trump is well within in his authority here. The law cited by cited in the March 6 E.O., Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, gives the President a great deal of authority to decide who is allowed to enter the United States:
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
Judge Chuang is well on his way to provoking a constitutional crisis by engaging in the judicial tyranny being encouraged by the sore losers that still refuse to accept that Trump won the election.