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Courts are a bulwark against tyranny

President Donald Trump, flanked by Senate Majority Leader

President Donald Trump, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., hosts a meeting with House and Senate leadership, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Credit: AP

Bravo to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Appeals Court ruling that upheld the suspension of the rushed, ill-advised, religiously biased refugee-immigration travel ban signed by President Donald Trump [“Back home on LI after travel ban,” News, Feb. 12]. The judicial branch of our government is a bulwark against tyranny, and never have we needed it more.

Of course, we are not out of the woods. Trump called this ruling a “disgraceful decision” and is looking for ways around it. Even more disturbing is a national poll that found that a majority of the Trump supporters who responded think the president should be able to overturn judges’ decisions.

Such thinking is the hallmark of a totalitarian state and is downright scary.

Robert L. Arrigon, Setauket

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