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John Yoo: Trump Better Off Issuing New Immigration Order

Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show"

By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 09:13 PM

The Trump administration would be better off issuing a new executive order on immigration rather than fighting with the courts on the current one, law professor John Yoo told Newsmax TV.

During an appearance on "The Steve Malzberg Show," Yoo discussed President Donald Trump's recent immigration order that has since been placed on hold because of a court ruling.

"I think it's unwise to keep pushing this through the courts," Yoo said. "I know the immigration battle looks really important right now, but this is just a temporary suspension of immigration and it's just a judge's temporary block of that temporary suspension. The stakes ultimately are not as important as what our permanent immigration policy is going to be.

"Why risk whatever that permanent immigration policy is going to be in our permanent counterterrorism policy and attitude towards these countries where there are people like al-Qaida and ISIS operatives who try to get into the country. Why jeopardize that by risking it over this hastily done, incomplete executive order, which ought to be replaced?"

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Yoo, who teaches at UC Berkeley and is a former deputy assistant attorney general, thinks Trump ought to scrap his original directive, write a new one, and stick with that.

"I think what the White House should do is withdraw the existing executive order, allow the people with visas and permanent resident aliens to come in, and then issue a new executive order that just prohibits new visas from being issued from countries where we are worried that terrorists might be infiltrating into the government or into our flows of migration."

Trump's original order, which was placed on hold and then struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week, put a temporary halt to immigration from seven countries with a terror presence. It also suspended refugees from coming to the U.S. from those countries.

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