Cruz: Supreme Court 'likely' to uphold Trump order
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProposal to move defense bill running into new GOP objections GOP anger with Fauci rises Senate nearing deal on defense bill after setback MORE (R-Texas) predicated on Thursday that President Trump's executive order on immigration would ultimately prevail at the Supreme Court. 

"The case will almost certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court," he said during an interview on "The Michael Berry Show" in Texas. "If the Supreme Court follows the law, federal statutes are straightforward, the president has this authority." 
 
He added the "Supreme Court is likely to conclude exactly that when the case is before it."
 
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled unanimously Thursday that a nationwide restraining order against Trump’s temporary travel ban may continue while a federal judge considers a lawsuit over the policy.
 
The White House has not said what its next legal steps will be. Trump has previously said he thinks the case could go to the Supreme Court, and he tweeted displeasure with the appeals court's decision Thursday night.
Cruz defended the executive order, noting that while he hadn't read Thursday's decision that he's "not surprised," saying that the 9th Circuit has been the "most liberal activist court of appeals" in recent history. 
 
"If you look at what the president's order did, the heart of the order was a four month pause in allowing refugees to come to this country so we can improve the vetting of refugees," he said. "That in my judgment is explicitly legal." 
 
Most Republican senators didn't immediately comment on the court ruling, though Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonConservatives target Biden pick for New York district court GOP anger with Fauci rises Cotton swipes at Fauci: 'These bureaucrats think that they are the science' MORE (R-Ark.) blasted the decision from the "notorious left-wing court." 
 
Democrats immediately pounced on the court's decision, pointing to it as evidence that Trump should drop the order. 
 

Trump should "abandon this proposal, roll up his sleeves and come up with a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe," he said. 

Democratic Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinConservatives target Biden pick for New York district court Democrats, GOP pitch parliamentarian on immigration policies in spending bill Senate parliamentarian looms over White House spending bill MORE (Ill.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenators urging federal investigation into Liberty University's handling of sexual assault claims Crucial talks on Biden agenda enter homestretch Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents MORE (Pa.), Chris Muprhy (Conn.) and Jack ReedJack ReedRubio blocks quick votes on stalemated defense bill Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo MORE (R.I.) echoed his comments.