According to The Hill, Vice President Pence has announced that the Trump administration will challenge the federal district court’s ability to issue injunctions on a national level. Pence says that the Trump administration has been “unfairly” targeted by lower courts’ injunctions, which have, according to Pence, prevented officials from implementing policies.
Pence said that the administration will now attempt to bring the issue to the Supreme Court.
“So I say to all those gathered here: For the sake of our liberty, our security, our prosperity and the separation of powers, this era of judicial activism must come to an end,” Pence said. “The Supreme Court of the United States must clarify that district judges can decide no more than the cases before them.”
“It’s remarkable to think a Supreme Court justice has to convince four of their colleagues to uphold an injunction, but a single district court judge can issue one, effectively preventing the duly elected president of the United States from fulfilling what he believes is a constitutional duty,” Pence said.
“This obstruction at the district level is unprecedented,” he continued.
In the past, the Trump administration has often seen its policies blocked by a national injunction and then later upheld by the Supreme Court. One such example was with the travel ban the Trump administration put in place for many Muslim-majority countries.
Activists say the injunctions are needed to protect people who could be harmed under certain policies. Others say injunctions have been used too freely.
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