Given the momentous events concerning the various criminal investigations of Trump, an important opinion by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit may go virtually unnoticed.
The ruling comes in the case of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump. That’s the case I posted earlier in which the District Court (per Tigar, J.) issued a nationwide injunction against enforcement of the rule that, together with Trump’s proclamation, had the effect of making “any alien who enters the United States across the southern border at least over the next ninety days, except at a designated port of entry, is categorically ineligible to be granted asylum.” The appeals court, by a 2-1 majority, maintained in place the TRO. You may recall that it was Judge Tigar’s initial decision that caused Trump to go off on a rant against the Ninth Circuit.
So, today was a bad day for Trump:
- He was presented with prosecutors clearly closing in on him and his family for their criminal activities.
- The stock market continued its downward course.
- His first Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was so critical of Trump that Trump had to Tweet: “Rex Tillerson didn’t have the mental capacity needed [to be Secretary of State]. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell.”
- And, finally, the Ninth Circuit blocked him from causing harm to immigrants seeking asylum.
What have I missed?