In the fast moving world of the US legal system, Trump’s Justice Department's request for an immediate reinstatement of the executive order to ban travellers and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries was denied by the federal appeals court yesterday. The request for the reinstatement came after Seattle Judge James Robart temporally halted Trump’s immigration order stating that the ruling would cause ‘immediate and irreparable injury’. Later Robart wrote, ‘The executive order adversely affects the state’s residents in areas of employment, education, business, family relations and freedom to travel’, adding ‘These harms are significant and ongoing’.
The Justice Department had argued that the President alone has the power to decide who enters or stayed in the United States, claiming that the executive branch of government is largely immune from judicial control. The Justice Department believes that the ‘judicial second-guessing of the President's national security determination in itself imposes substantial harm on the federal government and the nation at large’. Trump himself vented his anger on social media saying ‘When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security - big trouble!’, adding ‘The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!’
Of course this all comes after Trump sacked the country's acting attorney general after she defied the White House over the initial immigration ban. When Sally Yates ordered Department of Justice lawyers to stop Trump’s original executive order, she was removed from office within hours. The White House press secretary's office did not pull any punches in condemnation of Yates decision. ‘The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States’ finishing with a particularly cutting statement of ‘Ms Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration’.
Also over the weekend we saw France’s far right party leader Marine Le Pen formally launch her campaign before the elections in May claiming to be the ‘people's candidate’, believing that her anti-immigration, anti-globalisation stance, along with the recent Trump victory and Brexit gave the French people a ‘reason to vote’. Le Pen believes that France is faced by what she called ‘totalitarianisms’, the threat of economic globalisation and Islamic fundamentalism and that France is being destroyed by both. ‘We are at a crossroad, this election is a choice of civilisation’ she said whilst asking whether her 3 children will have the same rights and culture as the current young generation, or indeed ‘Will they even speak our French language?’.