President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE on Wednesday blasted a federal court decision preventing the administration from winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, his latest attack on the U.S. legal system.
“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts,” Trump tweeted.
It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
Trump was responding to a decision from U.S. District Judge William Alsup, which said the government cannot begin shutting down the program while the move is being challenged in court.
The Justice Department said late Tuesday it would appeal the ruling from Alsup, who was appointed by President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBusiness coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE to the San Francisco-based court.
"We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President's successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a Wednesday statement.
The decision could have ripple effects in Congress, where lawmakers are scrambling to reach a deal on a must-pass spending bill that is tied to talks on finding a legal fix for DACA recipients.
The Obama-era program allows hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children to live and work without fear of deportation.
Alsup’s ruling came just hours after Trump held an unusual public negotiating session with two dozen lawmakers at the White House on a DACA deal.
Trump has repeatedly attacked judges and courts for rulings that are unfavorable to him or his administration.
Last February, he went after a panel of judges who blocked his original travel ban.
“I don’t want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased,” the president said told a group of law enforcement leaders. “Courts seem to be so political and it would be so great for our justice system if they could read a statement and do what’s right.”
Trump last November called the federal justice system a “joke” and a “laughingstock” when it comes to dealing with terror suspects, arguing they should be sent to the Guantánamo Bay military detention center.