Hawaii federal judge denies government motion to ‘clarify’ travel ban ruling

Hawaii federal judge denies government motion to ‘clarify’ travel ban ruling

[JURIST] Judge Derrick Watson [official profile, PDF] of the US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] stood by his ruling [opinion] against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban [text] and denied a motion [motion, PDF] on Sunday from the Trump administration to narrow his ruling. Watson’s Wednesday ruling ordered a stop on Trump’s revised ban. Watson denied the motion on Sunday, explaining [LAT report] that the scope of the court’s ruling was clear. Watson’s ruling, unlike the ruling [opinion] from a Maryland judge, ordered a stop on refugee quotas.

Trump’s travel bans have engendered significant courtroom drama. On Friday the Washington federal judge who ruled against Trump’s original travel ban declined [JURIST report] to reinstate the injunction on the amended ban. On Thursday the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied [JURIST report] a rehearing of Trump’s original immigration order. Two weeks ago the Department of Justice withdrew [JURIST report] their appeal after Trump signed his revised ban. The DOJ had originally sought the appeal [JURIST report] in February.