Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trump vows new security steps after court setback

Trump vows new security steps after court setback

If it did not go to directly to the Supreme Court, the Trump administration could also ask the full 9th Circuit to review its request, said Margo Schlanger, a law professor at the University of MI who was the head of civil rights for the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump, on just his 21st day in office, continued his feud with the federal judiciary, bluntly blasting an appellate court's refusal to revive his immigration order that temporarily bans from the United States people from some Muslim-majority countries.

"One of the reasons I am standing here today, the security of our country, the voters felt I would give it the best security", he said indicating that, despite the court setback, he would continue with his efforts for the safety and security of the US. "We are going to take care of them", he said. "It will happen rapidly", he told reporters.

The president concluded by saying that his administration "will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people".

He stressed that voters elected him to keep the country secure and that he would take additional measures to improve national security "sometime next week".

"New security measures. We have very, very strong vetting".

Moments after the ruling, Mr Trump had tweeted: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

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Since then the president has proffered a variety of solutions, from taking the matter to the Supreme Court to simply writing a new executive order. The travel ban, which he enacted at the end of his first week in office, caused chaos at USA airports and gave rise to widespread protests.

The Supreme Court is now one short of its nine-member strength and ideologically split, with four liberal justices and four conservatives, pending Senate confirmation of Trump's conservative nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to the bench.

The three judges - two appointed by Democratic presidents and one by a Republican - wrote with a tone different from the politically charged Washington state brief.

"The bottom line is the president of the United States. has the power to control who enters our country", Miller said on NBC. "And, in addition to that, we're pursuing executive orders right now that we expect to be enacted soon that will further protect Americans from terrorism".

"We are reviewing all of our options in the court system and confident we will prevail on the merits of the case", an administration official told CNN. Mr Trump's officials said the president was paying for Mr Abe's visit at his own expense.

The Justice Department had launched an appeal against the blocking of the executive order deeming it a "lawful exercise".

"When I greeted him today at the auto, I was saying - I shook hands, but I grabbed him and hugged him because that's the way we feel", Trump said.

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