A federal court ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump has the authority to revoke citizenship of people who sponsor people for deportation, and that he has the right to suspend the country’s refugee program.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in New Jersey came just days after a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that Trump has broad authority to deny citizenship to anyone he deems “a security threat.”
The judge said the president’s executive order on Friday “is a broad, expansive authority that extends beyond immigration policy to the exercise of any other sovereign power,” including the right “to deny citizenship and exclude aliens from the United States.”
The ruling came as the president signed an executive order that suspends the refugee resettlement program for 120 days.
The order also blocks the U.N. from accepting refugees until the administration has determined whether they pose a threat to U.R. peace and security, and the Trump administration has said it will appeal the ruling.
The Trump administration had argued that it has broad powers under the Refugee Act of 1980 to suspend U.T.S., but that the ruling means that it cannot enforce its suspension by suspending the refugee program, the Associated Press reported.
The Trump administration also said it has a “continuing need” for the program.