It’s Trump versus the courts

04 February 2017 12:28 pm

And so in the latest news, a Bush-appointed Federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order stopping President Trump's executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. h

The ruling, made at the request of Washington and Minnesota, is the broadest to date against Trump's executive order. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit arguing that the travel ban targets Muslims and violates constitutional rights of immigrants and their families.

The reality is the US courts are shaping up to be big battle ground in Trump’s America. Litigation by states and cities will become an increasingly important form of resistance for Democrats in the Trump era.

The reason for that is simple. Democrats have not been in a weaker position since the 1920s. Republicans control both houses of Congress. They also have majorities in both chambers of 32 state legislatures and occupy 33 governors’ mansions. In light of this Republican hegemony, legal action by states and cities will become the most potent tool Democrats have to stymie Mr Trump’s agenda.

On January 29th, Attorneys general from 16 US states, including California and New York, condemned President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration as “unconstitutional” and vowed to fight it. They vowed to “use all of the tools of our offices to fight this unconstitutional order.”

They pledged they would “work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution, respects our history as a nation of immigrants and does not unlawfully target anyone because of their national origin or faith.”

Four Democratic attorneys-general have officially filed or signed onto lawsuits challenging the restrictions.

And on January 31st, the city of San Francisco sued Mr Trump over another executive order demanding that federal funding be withheld from so-called “sanctuary cities” that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told The Associated Press that lawyers, including attorneys general, are having an “awakening” regarding the Trump administration.

“This is a president who does not have respect for the rule of the law,” Schneiderman said. “That’s something that bothers a lot of people.”

The reality is it is starting to bother business too. If there’s no rule of law for one group of people in society, there’s no rule of law for anyone.

As a private citizen, Donald Trump and his businesses were in the courts all the time. In this respect, his presidential career is heading down the same path.

2017

September

16 Sep 2017 - Australia’s energy crisis shows the stupidity of privatisation

09 Sep 2017 - Why climate change will devastate Florida

July

16 Jul 2017 - Laws of mathematics don’t apply to Australia: Malcolm Turnbull

June

17 Jun 2017 - Political backlash over the Grenfell fire

11 Jun 2017 - A win for Macron is a lesson for Theresa May

04 Jun 2017 - Attacks in London could change the election

May

28 May 2017 - Why Donald Trump will survive and be re-elected in 2020

20 May 2017 - Will the Mueller probe examine Trump’s Russian business ties?

13 May 2017 - Hypocrisy over Chloe Shorten’s necklace

06 May 2017 - Macron vs Le Pen: France is no longer one country

April

29 Apr 2017 - Turnbull government attacks banks over Adani

23 Apr 2017 - Why the French election is important

08 Apr 2017 - Russian navy moves in

01 Apr 2017 - Australia is one of the world’s worst money laundering property markets

March

19 Mar 2017 - Peter Dutton goes poofter bashing

04 Mar 2017 - Trump will take the market to a fiscal bloodbath

February

26 Feb 2017 - Trump’s mental condition

18 Feb 2017 - Adani’s results tell us the company will not develop in Australia

11 Feb 2017 - Why the Coalition’s “clean coal” plan is crap

04 Feb 2017 - It’s Trump versus the courts

January

27 Jan 2017 - The cost of Trump's wall on consumers

21 Jan 2017 - A look at Europe's future

20 Jan 2017 - Can Trump make America great again?

16 Jan 2017 - Trump parallels with Iraq


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