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‘Activist Judges’ Have Waged an ‘Assault on Trump’s Agenda’

'The Ingraham Angle' minces no words after an asylum ruling — and slams the lack of border wall funding, too

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So-called “activist judges” have “exceeded their constitutional authority” and “waged an assault on” President Donald Trump’s agenda, Fox News host Laura Ingraham warned Wednesday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Ingraham was reacting to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s ruling on Wednesday in which he proclaimed that Trump’s stricter asylum policies violated U.S. laws — and ordered that deported migrants who already made asylum claims be returned to the U.S. for new hearings.

Trump administration officials are trying to limit the number of migrants seeking asylum and are urging them to turn back by implementing a “metering” policy, requiring the migrants to make their claim at a port of entry.

This policy has outraged pro-illegal immigration activists — and resulted in lawsuits filed against the Trump administration.

Sullivan is the same judge who presided over former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s theatrical hearing on Tuesday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The judge also accused Flynn of “treason” for failing to register himself as a foreign agent and accused Flynn of selling out his country.

Ingraham said that “certain judges act more like political pundits than impartial arbiters,” claiming that liberals “love the judge’s theatrics because he’s part of the resistance.”

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“And today he might have earned himself a full-time CNN contributor’s contract given the latest ruling … that Trump’s tightening guidelines for granting asylum is illegal,” Ingraham said.

Congress and Trump are struggling to reach a budget agreement ahead of a government shutdown deadline at the end of this week. After demanding full border wall funding in the budget, Trump appeared to back down in favor of keeping the government open as Democratic leaders refused to budge.

Congress is now moving ahead with a measure that omits border wall spending.

The border wall funding showdown took off after thousands of Central Americans traveling with the so-called migrant caravan traveled through Mexico and sought entry into the U.S.; many of them are seeking asylum.

Now Sullivan has ordered that “all those deported” who sought asylum “have to be brought back for new asylum hearings,” Ingraham said, noting that “these activist judges have waged an assault on Trump’s agenda.”

“We’re reminded of how important it is that Trump gets his judicial nominees confirmed as quickly as possible. [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) done a pretty good job, but we need this done faster, more expeditiously, and like yesterday,” Ingraham said.

“And shame on Congress for not doing its job in the first place and passing urgently needed asylum reform at any point in the last two years,” Ingraham said, noting Democrats will retake the House majority in January.

“[Republicans] had the House and the Senate. They should have addressed this issue. They should have done a lot on immigration — including pass that funding for the wall,” Ingraham said. “They didn’t. Shame on them. Shame on these judicial activists.”

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova agreed with Ingraham. “It’s pretty clear that the judge substituted his legislative and political judgment for that of the president of the United States,” he said.

“So when all is said and done, this is judicial anarchy. It’s a shame,” diGenova lamented.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Ingraham that the caucus is offering two amendments to the spending bill to reform the asylum laws and build the wall.

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If lawmakers want to address the caravan issue, “the only way to do it” is to “build a border security wall, reform our asylum laws — because 85 percent of the people who show up at the border and claim asylum aren’t legitimate asylum seekers,” Jordan said.

“And what did this judge say? Those who were sent back who aren’t legitimate, you now have to pay for them to come here? You’ve got to be kidding me,” Jordan added.

The congressman mentioned the old adage: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

“Fool the American people four times, shame on Congress because that’s what we’ve done. Four times we’ve promised them that we would build the wall and put it on the spending bill, and now we’re saying, ‘Oh, oh, no — we’re going to kick it [down the road],” Jordan said.

Once House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) becomes speaker in January, “it’ll never happen,” Jordan warned.

“We’ve got to do it now,” he added.

But Democratic lawyer Alfred Mottur disagreed somewhat with the rest of “The Ingraham Angle” panel, arguing, “We need to stop bringing down our legitimate institutions like the judiciary.”

“It’s not the judges that are activists. It’s activists going to the judges because as you pointed out, the Congress hasn’t done its job,” Mottur said.

Ingraham declared that “not funding the wall is going to go down as one of the worst, worst things to have happened to this administration.”

“And this was a scandal that it hasn’t been built,” she added.

Check out the segment in the video below:

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