The Trump administration has just scored a major legal victory, with a federal judge upholding its policy on family separation.
According to The Washington Times, the case arose in July as a result of a claim by the American Civil Liberties Union that 911 children had been taken from their parents for spurious reasons.
Family separation dispute
The decision may surprise some given Sabraw’s history. In 2018, he ordered the government to stop separating children on a routine basis as part of its “zero tolerance” policy.
The Washington Times reports that this time around, Sabraw ruled that the separation of families stopped at the border was fair because “he was uncomfortable second-guessing government decisions to separate children on grounds that parents were considered unfit or dangerous, or in other limited circumstances like criminal history, communicable diseases and doubts about parentage.”
“It is an invitation that is potentially massive in scope, invades an area that is particularly within the province of the Executive Branch to secure the Nation’s border, and goes beyond this Court’s class certification and preliminary injunction orders, which were focused on the Administration’s practice of separating families at the border for the purpose of deterring immigration, and failing to reunify those families,” the paper quoted Sabraw as saying.
187 judges confirmed
While the president has faced many legal setbacks, he’s also found success in working to reshape the federal judiciary.
By working in conjunction with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Trump had managed to get 187 judicial nominees confirmed by the end of last year.
In contrast, President Obama was only able to confirm a total of 124 nominees during all 8 years of his presidency. A Washington Post article from December noted that Trump appointees now make up one in four circuit court judges.
Trump has also managed to get two Supreme Court Justices confirmed and has pledged to fill any seats that become vacant between now and the November election.
This hasn’t gone over well with many on the left. Former Obama attorney and chief counsel for Demand Justice was quoted by Business Insider as complaining that “Trump’s hijacking of our judiciary will be his most enduring legacy, and it will continue to threaten everything progressives care about long after he leaves office.”
Naturally, conservatives have a different take. Carrie Severino serves as chief counsel at the conservative advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network, and she the Republican record.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman Lindsey Graham have done a phenomenal job filling these vacancies despite continuous efforts to obstruct the process by Senate Democrats and liberal groups like the ABA that pretend to be neutral,” Severino told the website.