Yes, Mr. Trump has the legal authority to stop processing refugees with or without a formal moratorium. But, more to the point, he has the constitutional authority and DUTY–that’s DUTY– to ignore the renegade judges who lawlessly “ruled” against his congressionally-sanctioned Executive Order.
The judiciary is populated by faithless, black-robed, arrogant, agenda-driven and unaccountable oligarchs. And that’s the awfully painful truth of the matter. We have invested far more power in the judiciary than our Founders ever intended, so I’m not surprised we find ourselves in this lawless quagmire. Ignoring the judges’ vile, lawless rulings would have ended this alien invasion and would have restored at least a semblance of constitutional order. But, when not even Mr. Trump’s advisors understand the Constitution--much less read it--I’m not surprised that Mr. Trump has been reduced to constitutional irrelevance.
The pervasive ignorance of the Constitution which plagues this once venerable republic will be our undoing. Frankly, for a political leader to exercise both constitutional restraint AND authority these days requires an incredible level of courage, spine, clear-thinking, and principle, all of which have been in dangerously short supply for dedades.
And so it goes with this once great constitutional republic. Our being added to the ash heap of history appears to be our destiny.