Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined other Republican attorneys general in supporting President Trump’s effort to temporarily block entry of people from some Muslim-majority countries.
Some courts have said Trump has acted outside his authority. Not Rutledge. Her release:
“The President has the authority under the law to temporarily suspend entry of aliens into this country,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I have been disappointed by the activism of many judges at the lower court level to enjoin this revised order, which was drafted in close consultation with the affected agencies and uses precise language to clear up any misconceptions about what individuals are covered. The President and his team, who receive classified intelligence briefings, are in a better position to determine how best to keep this country safe and that is why Congress has delegated this authority to the executive branch. The safety and security of the American people is the President’s top priority, and this executive order falls within the scope of his lawful authority.”