‘SAFETY OF THE COUNTRY’ Justice Dept. appeals federal judge’s order halting Trump’s travel ban

The Justice Department filed an appeal of a judge’s order temporarily stopping President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Saturday night, saying it’s the “sovereign prerogative” of a president to admit or exclude aliens.

On Friday a federal judge in Seattle issued the halt to Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans travelers, immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. By early afternoon, the departments of State and Homeland Security effectively said that they had responded accordingly.

The appeal states that the district court’s ruling “conflicts with the basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application.”

The Justice Department is asking that the federal judge’s order be stayed pending resolution of the appeal.

It calls the ban necessary “to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.”

Airlines, federal agencies, foreign travelers and others scrambled throughout Saturday in response to the weekend court order.

Trump took to Twitter Saturday night to express his feelings about the judge’s ruling. Trump said, “Bad people are very happy.”