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The Judicial Crisis Network is calling on the three judges on the federal appeals court panel that ruled President Trump was temporarily blocked from carrying out his executive order regarding asylum procedures to get the full panel of judges to review the case, following an oral argument by lawyers on both sides of the issue. The group notes there are several key differences between the case now before the three judges and the case that was brought before a lower court judge in San Francisco. Judges Jon Tigar, Michelle Friedland and Richard Clifton heard arguments on Wednesday.
Lawyers for the Department of Justice have argued that the dispute is “law with no morality,” an assertion decried by liberal groups as an attempt to distract from the substantive issue of the Trump administration’s efforts to combat illegal immigration. Democratic lawyers countered that the case concerned core government interests in protecting life, protecting public safety and protecting the border.
Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl called on the conservative five judge panel to leave the lower court judge in San Francisco as the “living breathing embodiment of what today is called a dysfunctional district court.”
Wiehl also explained that the appeals court has the option of hearing oral arguments from the Justice Department or from the two liberal judges in the case.
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