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Statement by the Press Secretary on Court Order Regarding the President's Immigration Executive Order

February 03, 2017

At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this [*] 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.

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 nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."

* APP NOTE: In an earlier version of this statement, the first sentence read, "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."

Sean Spicer, Statement by the Press Secretary on Court Order Regarding the President's Immigration Executive Order Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/323004

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