TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER SPARKS PROTESTS, REINFORCES NEED FOR COURTS: On Saturday night, several rulings across the nation temporarily halted certain components of Trump’s executive order targeting Muslims and refugees.U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly’s ruling “blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order. But it stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions,” The New York Times reported.
In her order, Judge Donnelly stated, “The petitioners have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioners and others similarly situated violates the rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
The order had the potential “for irreparable harm to hundreds of immigrants and lawful visitors to this country. Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders. On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero in a statement.
The ACLU was also successful in Massachusetts, when “two federal judges there decreed that travelers who are legally authorized to be in the United States shouldn’t be detained at or deported from Logan International Airport for a period of seven days,” according to the The Huffington Post.
Senate Democrats responded to the executive order by planning a rally at the Supreme Court, reported The Hill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged House and Senate Democrats to “come to express our solidarity” and “demand the President withdraw his disreputable executive order.”
TRUMP SCOTUS NOMINEE TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY: Trump announced via Twitter that he will announce his nominee to the Supreme Court on television at 8:00PM EST Tuesday, January 31st. This is two days earlier than he had previously planned to announce his nominee.
MCCONNELL BALKS AT TRUMP’S ‘NUCLEAR OPTION’ ENDORSEMENT: “That’s not a presidential decision. That’s a Senate decision,” Senator Mitch McConnell told Politico in an interview Friday. “What I’ve said to him, and I’ve stated publicly and I’ll say today: We’re going to get this nominee confirmed.” However, McConnell has still not ruled out the use of the nuclear option.