Amicus Brief Filed in Support of President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

By William J. Olson, PC
February 7, 2017

State of Washington v. Trump (read brief here)

NOTICE: The Ninth Circuit has scheduled a telephonic argument to hear arguments on the Trump Administration’s motion for a stay today, February 7, 2017, at 6:00 PM (Eastern) Tuesday. To listen, use this link:http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view_video.php?pk_vid=0000010884

Yesterday, Monday, February 6, 2017, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of the President’s emergency motion for a stay pending appeal of a temporary restraining order against the Executive Order regarding immigration and refugees. (Only three briefs were filed in support of the Executive Order.)

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order temporarily blocking immigration from seven countries and implementing several other changes to improve our nation’s borders.

Late Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington had issued a Temporary Restraining Order against five provisions of the Executive Order. Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an emergency motion for an administrative stay (which was denied) and a motion for stay pending appeal of the TRO with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which is pending).

Our amicus brief supported the motion for stay pending appeal, urging the Court of Appeals to respect the President’s broad power over immigration and described previous times where various Presidents have exercised this authority, including Presidents Carter, Reagan, and even Obama in 2011.

Furthermore, our brief explained how the TRO threatens our nation’s security. There already have been many instances of fraud due to vulnerability in the refugee program – as admitted by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security! President Trump has directed a temporary ban on immigration from seven specific countries while the administration seeks to build better safeguards into the program.

All the filings in the case are available here: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000860

Our brief was filed on behalf of: U.S. Justice Foundation, Citizens United, Citizens United Foundation, English First Foundation, English First, Public Advocate of the United States, Gun Owners Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, U.S. Border Control Foundation, and Policy Analysis Center.


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