President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to pull federal funding to several states if they do not comply with a federal court order blocking his executive order on immigration.
In a series of tweets, Trump called on the courts to force compliance with the order, but he also called on states to do the same.
The order is designed to temporarily suspend entry of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries into the United States and temporarily bar refugees and travelers from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.
Trump is expected to deliver the executive order to Congress next week.
The Supreme Court had scheduled a hearing on Trump’s order to be held Friday.
Lawmakers were scheduled to hold a hearing later on Thursday, but Trump said in a series that « no hearing will take place today. »
In the meantime, his administration said the government would withhold funding for programs in states that do not abide by the order.
The White House has not provided any details about what programs it might be cutting.
The administration also announced it was pulling the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv, a move that would have a ripple effect in the region.
The State Department said Friday it would cut a $1.5 billion check to support the Israel Institute of Technology, the largest private research university in Israel, which had been receiving millions of dollars from the U,S.
The department has also notified several other institutions of the decision, the department said in an email to employees.
The U.N. refugee agency said Friday that it would suspend its support to countries that do or do not meet the Trump administration’s immigration priorities.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is also seeking $1 billion from the United Nations for refugees in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, among other countries.
The order suspends refugee admissions to the U-S.
for 120 days.
It also suspends the admission of refugees and non-immigrants from Iran, Iraq and Syria for 120 to 180 days, and blocks refugees and their descendants from Syria for 60 days.