The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have backed down and said that they will follow the order of a federal judge that the Executive Orders on visitors and refugees that Donald Trump signed and caused great confusion will no longer be implemented, returning the country to the status quo ante.
The federal government said on Saturday it will comply with a federal judge’s temporary halt on Donald Trump’s travel ban, restoring travel for refugees and for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, even as the president berated the judge personally on Twitter.
But on Saturday morning the state department said it had reversed visa revocations, meaning that tens of thousands of people whose visas were not physically canceled after the issuing of the executive order last week may now travel freely. On Friday a justice department official said 100,000 visas had been revoked under the ban. State department figures put the number at 60,000.
On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would comply with Robart’s order.
“In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the executive order,” said acting press secretary Gillian Christensen. “DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure.”
The Justice Department has said that it will not seek an immediate stay of the judge’s order.
Of course, Trump, petulant child that he is, is not happy at his edicts being defied and is throwing a tantrum via his favorite medium of Twitter.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump said on Twitter. It is unusual for a president to attack a member of the judiciary, which is an independent arm of the U.S. government.
“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security – big trouble!” Trump tweeted.
So what can he do substantively? Redo the orders so that they are less likely to be judicially reversed? Fire the head of the DHS for not doing what he told them to do? Set in motion impeachment proceedings against the judges who ruled against him? Nothing can be ruled out where this man-child is concerned.
Of course, the Customs and Border Protection agency, a notoriously anti-immigrant and pro-Trump group, is the agency that actually processes people on arrival and they can still be nasty and obstructionist so lawyers are standing by at airports.
Time for The Clash.