A federal court in Texas has ordered a judge to block President Donald Trump’s entry of Margaret Judge, the former executive director of the United Way of Texas.
In a statement, Judge Carlos Alvarado said in a court filing Thursday that the Trump Administration’s decision “should be overruled and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) be given the authority to take action against this action.”
Judge Alvaradado’s decision stems from the Department of Homeland Security’s decision last week to grant Temporary Protected Status to Judge Judge Margaret Judge and her family, but the judge says the agency’s decision was unlawful.
“By granting temporary protected status to Judge Margaret, the Department is granting a green light to the Trump Administrations discriminatory, unconstitutional, and inhumane actions,” Judge Alvarada said.
“The Department has refused to fulfill its constitutional duty to protect Judge Margaret and her children, and this action should be overralled.”
“The Secretary of State is a permanent resident and the Secretary of Homeland Defense is a green card holder.
Judge Margaret’s parents are permanent residents and are not affected by this decision,” he added.”
We are filing this lawsuit to challenge President Trump’s unilateral actions and to demand the Secretary Secretary of the Department to respect the United Nation’s refugee conventions and act upon Judge Margaret.”
Judge Margaret Judge was appointed by former President George W. Bush to serve as Texas’ highest federal judge.
Judge Alvanada was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama.
She has been an outspoken critic of the Trump presidency.
Judge Margaret’s lawyer, Andrew Hurlbert, said Thursday in a statement that the judge is “deeply disappointed” with the decision.
“The President of the U.S. has acted contrary to our Constitution, the laws of the land, and his oath of office to uphold the law, and the courts should be a safe haven for all Americans,” he said.
Hurlbert said he was confident the Trump Organization and the Trump family would appeal the order.
“I am confident that the Department will continue to vigorously defend this case in the U,S.
Supreme Court,” he told CBC News.”
This is a decision we have every confidence in the Texas Supreme Court to uphold.”
The U.N. refugee agency also issued a statement calling on the Trump regime to respect “the fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the United Kingdom’s constitution.”
“Any attempt to undermine these fundamental rights is totally unacceptable and must not be tolerated,” said a statement from the agency.
“Given the recent developments in the US-UK relationship, it is imperative that we act swiftly and effectively to restore trust in our system and the UGC [United Nations High Commission for Refugees] and to ensure the safety and security of all refugees,” the statement added.
In September, President Donald Trumps daughter, Ivanka Trump, arrived in the country from Washington state.