So, here’s a question: How many times do the liberal judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have to have their decisions overturned by the Supreme Court before somebody throws these bums off the bench? At some point, we have to take action, right? If you have judges consistently coming to decisions that have no legal basis whatsoever, there has to be some recourse. We recognize that these are “judges for life,” but we can’t allow naked political partisans to simply throw out the law book and the Constitution in favor of their own private political ideologies. And that’s essentially what’s happening up there in the Washington state area. These guys are an embarrassment to the justice system.
Whatever the number is, we’re now up to two in a matter of just a few months. On the travel ban, the Supreme Court has to keep slapping down the Ninth Circuit’s lawless decisions. They did so again this week, ruling that the lower court did not have the authority to place new limits on President Trump’s refugee policy. The Ninth Circuit judges decided last week that the U.S. government must accept refugees who have the sponsorship of a resettlement agency – a decision that would have once again opened the floodgates.
In an appeal to the nation’s high court, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall argued that by issuing such a ruling, the Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson – the originator of the ruling – would effectively take the teeth out of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the travel ban to go forward.
“The Ninth Circuit’s decision renders the June 26 stay functionally inoperative,” Wall argued. “It makes no sense to exempt from the Order the roughly 24,000 refugees for whom assurances exist, based on the happenstance that they had reached a later stage of the administrative process in which the government routinely obtains assurances.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed with the Justice Department on that issue, though he left the door open for Hawaii’s attorneys to come back with their own legal briefs.
At the end of the day, with the travel ban coming to an end on September 24, much of this is purely academic. However, that doesn’t make it any less important. At stake is more than the actual ban on refugees and immigrants from six Middle Eastern countries. It is the authority of the President of the United States – an authority liberal courts have tried to undermine from the first day of the Trump administration. THIS is what needs to be settled once and for all, and that’s what we want to see the Supreme Court do when it takes this case up in the fall.