The agents on the ground who deal with border security every day are buoyed by the order:
And let's be clear about what the judge's stay does and does not cover. It "only pertains to persons detained who, prior to the Executive Order, had valid visas or refugee applications already approved, or legally entered the U.S. from one of the 7 countries subject to the Executive Order."
"Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially," said a joint statement from the National Border Patrol Council and National ICE Council.
"The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump's actions now empower us to fulfill this life saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars," it added.
The statement on behalf of the agents for the immigration, customs and border protection was a powerful endorsement of Trump's action as he his under fire from critics of his actions.
I would recommend a RedState piece by Patterico in which he looks at the argument put forth in a NYT op-ed by the libertarian Cato Institute's David J. Bier and the response to that by Andrew McCarthy at NRO. His conclusion:
But know this: those showing up to protest at JFK airport last night were interested in neither these legal fine points nor the increasing jihadist threat to our nation.
On balance, I like what has occurred over the last 24 hours. It serves notice to the world that we are serious about knowing as much as possible about the sources of the threat, and acting swiftly on that knowledge. It is of a piece with DJT's order to Mattis et al to present him with a plan for destroying - not "degrading," - ISIS.
We as a country are starting to realize that we don't have to live with radical Islam.
UPDATE: A must-read piece about all this is "Is Trump's Immigration Order the Worst of Both Worlds?" by John Hinderaker at Power Line.
You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing, but here's the conclusion:
What is involved in getting us there?