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Joshua Matz-The Guardian

In his Feb. 8, 2017 opinion, Matz examines the larger implications of the confrontation between Trump's administration and the judicial system:

These claims to unbounded power would have struck a nerve under any circumstances. But it’s hard to think of a worse time to seek judicial deference to the presidency than after a wildly unpresidential attack on the “so-called judge” who enjoined his order. “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Trump tweeted.

Insistence on judicial respect for the president’s unique role in immigration also rings hollow when the executive branch so badly mangled the whole undertaking.