House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) criticized the most recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a judge's blockage of President Trump's executive order banning immigration from several Middle Eastern nations.

The circuit court denied a request to reinstate the ban, effectively giving both the federal government and that of Washington state until Monday to further explain their cases.

"[The court] did not hit the essence of it (the order), and that is America has a continuing dialogue about what is coming to this country," Sessions said.


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Congress and the Obama administration both listed the seven affected countries as ones that "have continuing efforts to bring people that would attack the United States," he said.

"The court did not like that argument," he added.

Sessions said the Supreme Court may ultimately have to rule on the immigration ban, calling the court system "political".

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