The legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform weighed in Thursday in favor of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban as the case before the Supreme Court moves toward oral arguments.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing the president has wide authority to determine which foreigners to admit into the United States and which to exclude. The legal argument takes particular issue with the implicit conclusion of lower courts — which heavily cited the president’s campaign statements — that a facially neutral executive order is unconstitutional when issued by Trump but would be OK if issued by a different president.
“The president has the powers he has based on his office, not based on his campaign statements,” said Christopher Hajec, director of litigation at the immigration law group. “A president who says things that liberal judges don’t like does not have any less power that other presidents … It leads to an absurd result.”
IRLI joins the Justice Department and several other outside organizations who have submitted arguments in the case this week. ... Read the full story by Brendan Kirby.