Some Minnesotans are jubiliant and others disappointed after a federal appeals court refused President Trump’s request to reinstate his ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. State Representative Ilhan Omar says the ruling confirms the president’s order was unconstitutional and ill-vetted. Omar says, “This decision continues to help us with that narrative of, this is a great nation that has a beautiful constitution that protects all of us.” House Speaker, Republican Kurt Daudt says, “I think the president obviously is doing what he thinks is necessary to keep Americans safe. I think all Americans agree that that needs to be a number-one priority.”
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who joined Washington state in challenging the president’s order, says “a more deliberate approach by the administration could have avoided this litigation.” Swanson went on to say in a prepared statement that “The Executive Order was haphazard in its approach and rollout; not properly vetted by the Congress or the federal Departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security, or Defense; and created needless chaos for children, families, students, physicians, businesses, and travelers. It should be further noted that the White House has not identified to the court any detainee who posed a risk to national security.”
An appeal to the U-S Supreme Court seems likely. Immediately after the appeals court ruling, President Trump tweeted, “SEE YOU IN COURT” and “THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The high court is divided, with a vacancy that likely will not be filled before the case would be decided.
Here’s the complete MNN exclusive interview with Rep. Omar:
Here’s MNN’s exclusive interview with Speaker Daudt: