Realizing Defeat, Hawaiian Judge Leaves Trump Travel Ban In Place
Eventually, you have to acknowledge when you’ve been soundly defeated.
And that’s what our Supreme Court did to the goofy 9th Circuit Hawaiian Judge who kept striking down the Trump Travel Ban, as if he had any authority to do so. The Supreme Court informed him he had a severe misunderstanding of how the law works in this country.
And now it looks like Obama’s buddy has realized defeat. Check out this Tweet from the AP:
BREAKING: Hawaii judge leaves Trump administration rules in place for travel ban.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2017
Here’s even more of the story, from ABC News:
A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday left Trump administration rules in place for a travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson denied an emergency motion filed by Hawaii asking him to clarify what the U.S. Supreme Court meant by a “bona fide” relationship in its ruling last month.
The Supreme Court ruled the administration could mostly enforce its travel ban, but said those “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could enter.
Watson says the relationship question would be better posed to the Supreme Court, not him.
“This court will not upset the Supreme Court’s careful balancing and ‘equitable judgment,'” Watson said in his order.
Hawaii attorney general Doug Chin objected to the administration’s omission of grandparents, aunts and uncles from its list of people meeting the definition of a close relationship.
The Trump administration has said the exemption to the ban would apply to citizens of the six countries with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in an emailed statement that it was pleased with the decision.
“If the plaintiffs elect to proceed, we are confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will again vindicate the President and his constitutional duty to protect the national security of the United States,” the department said.
The Hawaii Attorney General’s Office noted after the ruling that the district court did not address the substance of either party’s arguments and instead focused on the procedural question about which court is the appropriate forum to decide the issue.
“The scope of the travel and refugee bans badly needs to be resolved and not just according to the Trump administration’s interpretation,” Chin said.
Hakim Ouansafi, president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, said he respects Watson’s ruling but thinks there will be more opportunities to ensure the ban does not exclude grandparents and others close family members.
“We will have people directly affected by this, for sure,” Ouansafi said. “When you exclude that many people, the circle is much wider.”