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The Ninth Circuit Just Issued a Dangerous Ruling against Donald Trump’s Immigration Order

After paying lip service to deference, the court ignored its own words and dramatically extended ‘potential’ due-process rights beyond green-card holders to citizens from jihadist and jihadist-torn countries seeking to enter the nation for the first time. After an extended discussion of the due-process rights of permanent legal residents of the United States (an unobjectionable and just proposition), the court specifically declined to limit the injunction to green-card holders — or even to “previously admitted aliens who are temporarily abroad now or who wish to travel and return to the United States in the future.” Instead (and incredibly) it said this:

Even if the claims based on the due process rights of lawful permanent residents were no longer part of this case, the States would continue to have potential claims regarding possible due process rights of other persons who are in the United States, even if unlawfully, see Zadvydas, 533 U.S. 693; non-immigrant visaholders who have been in the United States but temporarily departed or wish to temporarily depart, see Landon, 459 U.S. 33-34; refugees, see 8 U.S.C. § 1231 note 8; and applicants who have a relationship with a U.S. resident or an institution that might have rights of its own to assert, see Kerry v. Din, 135 S. Ct. 2128, 2139 (2015) (Kennedy, J., concurring in judgment); id. at 2142 (Breyer, J., dissenting); Kleindienst v. Mandel,408 U.S. 753, 762-65 (1972).

The court is going to stop enforcement of a temporary pause in entry from jihadist and jihadist-torn countries (while in a state of war against jihadist terrorists) because there are “potential claims” regarding “possible due process rights” even of illegal aliens? That’s not deference. Moreover, if you actually follow the cited legal authorities, you’ll see that none of them are on-point with this case, and all of them deal with highly-specific, individual legal claims. Yet the court used this “authority” to grant sufficient due-process rights to potential immigrants to halt enforcement of a wartime executive order motivated by the desire to protect America from the rising threat of jihadist terror.

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