“And the bottom line is is the president of the United States, both under his article to foreign powers, under the 1952 statute has the power to control who enters our country,” Miller said. | Getty
White House adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday during multiple interviews that the Trump administration is considering a range of actions to push through the president’s travel ban of seven majority Muslim countries.
“We are considering and pursuing all options. Those options include seeking an emergency stay at the Supreme Court. continuing the appeal with the panel, having an emergency hearing en banc, or going to the trial court at the district level and trial on the merit. They also include, as you’ve mentioned, the possibility of new executive actions designed to prevent terrorist infiltration of our country,” Miller said during an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace.
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“But I want to say something very clearly, and this is going to be very disappointing to the people protesting the president and the people in Congress like Sen. [Chuck] Schumer who’ve attacked the president for his lawful and necessary actions. The president’s powers here are beyond question.”
Miller went on to argue that the president has broad constitutional authority to “to also engage in conducting border control and immigration control into this country. Those powers are substantial. They represent the very apex of constitutional authority and so we are contemplating new and additional actions to ensure our immigration system does not become the vehicle for admitting people into our country who are hostile to its nation and its values.”
In a separate interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Miller argued that, despite claims from critics, the travel ban was not essentially a ban of keeping Muslims from coming into the country.
“We simply took that intelligence assessment and we took firm action to restrict entry,” Miller said.
“And the bottom line is is the president of the United States, both under his article to foreign powers, under the 1952 statute has the power to control who enters our country. And you know and I know that no foreign national living in Yemen or any other country has a constitutional right to demand entry into our country.”
Miller’s comments in both interviews come after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously against the Justice Department’s request to lift a ruling by Judge James Robart’s ruling blocking the ban.
“The three judges made a broad, overreaching statement about the ability to check the executive power and do not address what I was talking about,” Miller said, adding that the “Ninth Circuit has a long history of being overturned and a long history of overreaching.”