Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Donald Trump to ask Supreme Court to block travel ban ruling

Donald Trump to ask Supreme Court to block travel ban ruling

But U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, a leftwing ideologue appointed by Barack Obama, decided again to interfere with the travel ban after Hawaii Attorney General Chin filed the request. "That simply can not be".

Watson enlarged that group to include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The administration has asked the Supreme Court and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block the decision.

In his ruling, Watson touted the superiority of his own definition above that of the Trump administration, asserting: "The Government's definition represents the antithesis of common sense".

In its appeal Friday night, the Justice Department said Watson's interpretation of the Supreme Court's ruling on what family relationships qualify refugees and visitors from the six Muslim-majority countries to enter the USA "empties the court's decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just "close" family members, but virtually all family members". Initially, it had included only parents, spouses, fiancés, children, adult sons or daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and siblings.

"Once again, we are faced with a situation in which a single federal district court has undertaken by a nationwide injunction to micromanage decisions of the co-equal Executive Branch related to our national security", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"By this decision, the district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for the national security judgments of the Executive branch in a time of grave threats, defying both the lawful prerogatives of the Executive Branch and the directive of the Supreme Court", Sessions said.

Justice Department lawyers argued in Friday night's motion that the justices should now clarify what they meant in June and, in the meantime, place an immediate freeze on the lower court's decision.

In the court filing, the Justice Department said the judge's ruling "empties the (Supreme) Court's decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just "close" family members but virtually all family members".

The court, with only vague guidance, left it to the administration to decide what those close relationships were.

The Supreme Court has given Hawaii until Tuesday at noon to file responses to the Justice Department's request.

Judges appointed by Democrats have been nearly universally skeptical of Mr. Trump's actions, digging behind them to try to spot Mr. Trump's motives, while Republican appointees have been willing to take his executive orders on their face, finding they are similar to actions past presidents have taken. He ruled for the state late on Thursday. According to Judge Watson, the State Department did not correctly understand the order of the highest federal court.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the fall over whether the travel ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

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