Gov. Pete Ricketts disagrees with a judge’s ruling, blocking a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump on seven mostly Muslim countries.
A panel of federal judges will hear an appeal from the Justice Department to reinstate the ban.
Ricketts rejects the judge’s reasoning in his ruling to suspend the travel ban.
“I disagree with it,” Ricketts tells reporters after being asked about it. “I don’t know why anybody in a foreign country would have any expectation they should be able to have a right to come to our country. That’s just nonsensical. That, if you’re a foreign national you should have no expectation you should be able to come to the United States. That’s entirely within our laws to determine.”
The president’s executive order bans travel from seven primarily Muslim nations for 90 days and suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days.
The nations are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Ricketts says he doesn’t see much impact on Nebraska due to the legal fight over the ban.
U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle issued a stay of the president’s order. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit United States Court of Appeals will hear the Justice Department’s argument that the travel ban should be reinstated. The issue could eventually reach the United States Supreme Court.