WASHINGTON, D.C. — One thing is for certain when it comes to president Donald Trump….He doesn’t like being told “no”.
In a counter to recent rulings against him, the 45th president told The Washington Examiner on Thursday (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-absolutely-looking-at-breaking-up-9th-circuit-court-of-appeals/article/2621379) that he has “absolutely” considered proposals to break up the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit.
The president’s comments come after yet another ruling by the San Francisco based 9th Circuit Court against that blocked his order to restrict funding for cities and jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal programs on immigration enforcement.
The same court also infamously shot down a previous executive order by the president to ban travel from immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. from countries deemed to be hot spots for terror.
“There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous,” said Trump, who has accused liberal foes of “judge shopping” by filing suit in courts they knew would rule against him.
“Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the “ban” case and now the “sanctuary” case is brought in the Ninth Circuit, which has a terrible record of being overturned (close to 80%). They used to call this “judge shopping!” Messy system,” the president tweeted on Wednesday.
“I mean, the language on the ban, it reads so easy that a reasonably good student in the first grade will fully understand it. And they don’t even mention the words in their rejection on the ban,” he told the Examiner.
If the president does decide to move forward with plans to break up the court, it appears that he will have a wealth of Republican support. Earlier this year, Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) encouraged Trump to do what it takes to dismantle the 9th Circuit, which is regarded as one of the most liberal court districts in the country.
Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced this week that he is seeking moving forward with plans to develope legislation to punish sheriffs who operate sanctuary cities with fines and jail time.
Calling out Sheriff Sally Hernandez of Travis County, Texas by name last month, Abbott said he and Texas lawmakers intend to hit mayors of sanctuary cities where it hurts.
“She has knowingly released from jail in Travis County people who have been either convicted of or accused of serious felonies such as sexual assault,” he told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “(Those charged with) sexual assault of a minor, she’s put right back out on the streets. This is a dangerous practice that Texas is gonna hammer down. We will not tolerate this, and so we have taken action we’re gonna take even stiffer action to ban sanctuary cities in Texas.”
BAYTOWN, TX — A Texas deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty on Monday after investigators say he may have been intentionally targeted by an unknown suspect.
Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, a 30-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department, was shot at around 7 a.m. local time, Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said Monday during a live news conference.
“He succumbed to his injuries,” Dorris said while fighting back tears. He did not survive.”
After being shot, Greenwood was able to radio for help while taking his final breaths.
“I’m bleeding out,” Greenwood told police dispatchers, who immediately sent a team of emergency responders to the scene. Greenwood was administered treatment and airlifted to nearby Memorial Hermann Hospital but was ultimately pronounced dead.
Outside the hospital, officers embraced each other with hugs as police officials escorted a young man who was identified as a relative into the hospital as he cried and held his head in his hands.
At least a dozen police motorcycles, lights flashing, escourted a white minivan that carried Greenwood’s body as the vehicle left the hospital in route to the coroner’s office.
“He was an incredible human being, a cop’s cop,” Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen said in a statement.
“This is a reminder to pray for and support all law enforcement officials in our state, especially at this time of grief,” said state Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Baytown Police in conjunction with a host of state investigative agencies are investigating the attack and say the suspect’s motive remains unknown.
“Whether or not he was specifically targeted, or whether this was because of the uniform he was wearing or the place he pulled up to in the morning, we just don’t know that right now,” Dorris said.
Regardless of the motive, investigators say the attack was intentional.
“We don’t have any indication that tells us he’s gonna go out and target anybody else,” said Dorris.
“Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement, and we will send a message that such vile acts will not be tolerated in the Lone Star State,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement shortly after Greenwood’s death was announced. “I am confident that the perpetrator of this swift and despicable act will be apprehended and that murder will be met with swift justice.”