White House: Court Order Blocking Trump Immigration Order "Outrageous"
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(CNN) -- The White House called Friday night's court order temporarily halting President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration "outrageous," saying the Justice Department will file an emergency request to stop it.
"At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. He continued: "As the law states, 'Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.' "
James Robart, a federal judge in Washington State, granted the order. "No one is above the law -- not even the President," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.