WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama signs one of 12 bills at his desk in the Oval Office at the White House December 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. Later today President Obama will travel to San Bernardino, California, to meet with famiWith a court battle underway over President Donald Trump's temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority nations in the Middle-East and North Africa, many have begun to question whether or not the president has the legal authority to issue such a ban. Fortunately, one need look no further than Trump's predecessors to find precedent for this executive action.

According to a new Congressional Research Service report entitled Executive Authority to Exclude Aliens, the last 5 presidents have used executive authority to limit or restrict the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants into the U.S. a total of 43 times.

Ironically, it appears that President Barack Obama used this authority more frequently than any of his predecessors, exercising it a total of 19 times during his two terms in office.

Here's the breakdown of how many times each of the past five presidents issued such orders:

  • Ronald Reagan - Five times
  • George H. W Bush - One time
  • Bill Clinton - 12 times
  • George W. Bush - Six times
  • Barack Obama - 19 times

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump reiterated his belief that the courts were putting Americans in jeopardy by calling a halt to the ban:

h/t Conservative Review

Read the full Congressional Research Service report HERE.