US Justice Department Files Brief with Appeals Court to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban
The U.S. Justice Department has filed its brief with the federal appeals court in San Francisco on behalf of reinstating President Donald Trump's travel ban from seven Muslim majority countries.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals plans to start hearing oral arguments from both sides Tuesday.
The Justice Department's brief contends the ban is a "lawful exercise of the president's authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees." It calls a federal judge's order suspending the ban an error and "vastly overbroad."
Along with U.S. attorneys, nearly 100 companies, two states and a group of Democrats that include former Secretaries of State John Kerry and Madeleine Albright have filed arguments against the ban.
The Democrats argue it was "ill-conceived, poorly implemented and ill-explained." "We view the order as one that ultimately undermines the national security of the United States rather than making us safer," they argued, in contrast to Trump's arguments that the ban would enhance national security.
In addition, 97 tech companies, including Silicon Valley giants Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, filed a legal brief late Sunday with the 9th Circuit, supporting the lawsuit against the travel ban.
The case is likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump Affirms US Support for NATO
U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed support for NATO while calling on allies to pay their share as he spoke Monday to troops at the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command. "We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing."
Trump said during his campaign for president that NATO was "obsolete" and suggested the U.S. would only come to a member's defense unless they have "fulfilled their obligations."
In his speech Monday, which followed lunch with members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, Trump pledged to take care of the country's military veterans. "We will make a historic financial investment in the armed forces of the United States and show the entire world that American stands with those who stand in defense of freedom," he said.
He also vowed to "defeat radical Islamic terrorism" and keep it from taking root in the U.S. Trump did not specifically mention a court battle over his executive order suspending entry to refugees and people from seven nations, but said the country needs policies to let in "people that love us" and keep out people who "want to destroy us."