Judge tossed off his opinion.
U.S. District Judge James Robart offered little explanation for his decision to stop President Trump’s executive order. So the government answered with a point-by-point demolition of his claims.
Earlier presidents have “repeatedly invoked this authority,” the government brief argued, noting actions by Presidents Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama.
The Supreme Court even ruled in 1993 that the president had “ample power” to order a naval blockade to keep out Haitians trying to enter the United States. Surely he has the authority to stop a Libyan, in Libya, from receiving permission to enter the United States.