Speaking to reporters in Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving, President Trump lamented "terrible decisions from the Ninth Circuit," after the federal appeals court overruled his plan to only accept asylum requests at ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexican border. He also slammed the court in a series of tweets, calling the federal court in California a "total disaster" with a "horrible reputation."
"We get a lot of bad court decisions from the Ninth Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side," he said. "It's a terrible thing when judges take over your protective services, when they tell you how to protect your border. It's a disgrace."
Justice Roberts can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster. It is out of control, has a horrible reputation, is overturned more than any Circuit in the Country, 79%, & is used to get an almost guaranteed result. Judges must not Legislate Security...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
....and Safety at the Border, or anywhere else. They know nothing about it and are making our Country unsafe. Our great Law Enforcement professionals MUST BE ALLOWED TO DO THEIR JOB! If not there will be only bedlam, chaos, injury and death. We want the Constitution as written!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
TRUMP: Well, the border is coming along very well. It's become very strong. We're getting some terrible decisions from the Ninth Circuit, as usual. I don't know if we've ever had a victory in the Ninth Circuit. We have to appeal it, appeal it. A vast number of their decisions get overturned, generally speaking, and it's a shame. It's a shame. It's a disgrace, frankly. And essentially, they're legislating. They're saying what to do. Some judge, sitting in some location very far away, is telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do. And it's not right, and it's been going on like that for a long time. And we are doing really well, considering the laws are a disaster. And if we had the right laws, it would be a lot less expensive, and we'd do it a lot easier.
But we don't have the right laws, and we have people interpreting the laws, and they always give us a bad interpretation.
So, hopefully, we've shown some light on the Ninth Circuit. I know that Chief Justice Roberts -- John Roberts -- has been speaking a little bit about it. And I think we've -- and I have a lot of respect for him. I like him and I respect him. But I think we have to use some common sense. The Ninth Circuit -- everybody knows it -- it's totally out of control. And what they're doing, what they're saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement. They're very unfair to our military. And they're very unfair, most importantly, to the people of our country, because I'm keeping them safe.
And you see how we've fortified things, and all of that -- all of that vast amount of fighting that you see going on at the border, it's all taking place in Mexico.
And Mexico cannot believe how tough these people are. The mayor of Tijuana and so many others had said, "Boy, these are tough people." They start fighting right away; they're tough people. You have many criminals in that caravan, and the big caravan hasn't arrived yet. And we're very well fortified. We have fencing and walls like very few people have. We've been able to do it rather quickly. Concertino wire -- concertina wire. And so many other things are there now that they didn't have. And they're not coming through. We're not letting criminals into our country. Got to come in legally. You have to come into a process.
And we want people to come in, because I have many, many companies moving back into the United States. They're opening up car plants. They're opening up factories all over the country. The United States is booming. We have the lowest unemployment we've, essentially, in most groups, ever had.
So we have a lot of good things happening. We need workers, but they have to come in legally. We want them to come in, but they have to be people that want to work and want to do a great job for our country. They come in through a merit system. They have to come in.
Right now, under the Democrats, they don't have a merit system. They want open borders, and people can just flow in. You have tremendously dangerous people in those caravans. And we do not want them coming into the United States, and we're not going to let them.
We're throwing out MS-13 and so many others. We're throwing them out of our country by the thousands that got in here over the years, and we're throwing them out by the thousands. And we're bringing back towns, we're making towns safe, and we're doing an excellent job.
But we're getting hurt by the Ninth Circuit, very, very badly. Everybody files in the Ninth Circuit. I haven't seen anybody file anyplace else. They automatically go to the Ninth Circuit. They could go anyplace in the country. And I think we're going to have to stop that somehow.
The judges are going to have to get together, our Congress is going to have to get together and stop it. Because they're taking advantage of our country by filing consistently and always -- just about, that I see -- in the Ninth Circuit. Even our legislation that we did have passed, it failed in the Ninth Circuit; it failed in the Ninth Circuit appeal. It then won in the Supreme Court.
And it's just a shame, because it's really hurting people. It's hurting our law enforcement tremendously. And now that the military is on the border, it's really hurting our military. And frankly, when they hear these decisions, these are professional. The military, the law enforcement, first responders, they can't believe the decisions that are being made by these judges.
This is what they do; they do law enforcement, law and order. And they get these decisions now, and they say, "Who makes these decisions?" They're not into the -- you know, lawyer things. They say, "Who makes these decisions? Who are the people that are giving these decisions that are going to make it unsafe for us," meaning law enforcement and military, "and making it unsafe for the United States?"
So, despite that, we have a very powerful border, and a lot of good things are happening.