DOJ Asks Supreme Court To Block Hawaii Judge's Travel-Ban Ruling

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Within hours of President Donald Trump’s return to the US following his Bastille Day visit to Paris as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron, the Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to block a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that seeks to expand who can be let into the US under the narrower terms of the Trump travel ban.

The ruling, filed by Honolulu-based US District Judge Derrick Watson on Thursday, found that the administration’s interpretation of the Supreme Court's decision to allow anyone with a "bona fide" relationship with US persons is too restrictive. Watson, an Obama appointee, is the same judge who blocked the administration’s second travel ban back in March, setting in motion a chain of events that led to the Supreme Court's ruling to allow a "narrower" version of the ban to take effect until it has an opportunity to hear oral arguments on the order’s constitutionality when it reconvenes in October.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Court could swiftly issue a ruling accepting, or denying, Watson’s claims about the State Department's interpretation even though the justices recently decamped for a three-moth recess. However, whether the court will choose to act now remains unclear.

As a reminder, Trump’s revised order calls for a 90-day ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, while also suspending the admission of refugees temporarily. The Supreme Court overturned Watson’s decision to block the order while stipulating that any travelers with a “bona fide” connection to individuals or institutions in the US could not be turned away.  

Here’s a quick recap of travel-ban related news from the past two days, courtesy of WSJ:

“The latest chapter in the fast-moving saga began Thursday evening in Honolulu, where U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the Trump administration’s recent implementation of its ban contradicted the interim rules put in place by the Supreme Court on June 26.


Mr. Trump’s restrictions, which cited terrorism concerns, imposed a 90-day ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, while also suspending the admission of refugees temporarily. Last month’s Supreme Court’s decision allowed the GOP president to enforce the ban against people with no ties to the U.S., but not against people who have close connections to family or institutions in the U.S.


Mr. Trump’s administration took a narrow reading of who qualified for the Supreme Court’s exemption to the ban. But Judge Watson, an appointee of Mr. Trump’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, ruled Thursday that the government must admit a broader class of people than it wanted. That includes extended family members like grandparents, aunts and uncles, as well as a wider class of refugees.


The judge found that the Trump administration’s restricted view of who counts as close family ‘represents the antithesis of common sense.’ The administration said its approach was grounded solidly in how close family relationships are defined in portions of federal immigration law.”

Following the SC’s decision late last month, the State Department on June 30 issued a set of “clarifications," relying on a restrictive interpretation of the Supreme Court’s ruling. Specifically, Watson has taken issue with one diktat that seeks to answer what represents a “bona fide” family connection. The Trump administration has sought to limit it to the immediate family only – siblings, parents, fiancees and spouses.

But Watson broadened this to include “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons already in the US.”

US District Judge Derrick Watson

Watson has also sought to circumvent the administration's ban on refugees by ruling that the assurance by a resettlement agency to provide basic services to a newly arrived refugee constitutes an adequate connection to the United States because it is a sufficiently formal and documented agreement that triggers responsibilities and compensation.

In the court filing, the Justice Department said Watson's ruling on refugees would make the Supreme Court's decision on that part of the executive order "effectively meaningless,” Reuters reports. Watson’s ruling, if left in place, means refugees can continue to be resettled in the United States, beyond a cap of 50,000 set by the executive order. That limit was reached this week.

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LargeHardonCollider's picture

This moron is just a politican in robes.   Typical of Osama's appointees.  Pathetic.   #MAGA

D Nyle's picture

I think we should let it stand and send the year's refugee quota (50,000) along with all the relatives only to Hawaii. A couple hundred thousand refugees will improve the quality of Tourism, Lower the Crime Rate and True Integration will occur after the "Sexual Emergencies" product a new race

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Better hurry up folks. The express elevator doors are closing and they might not open for a while.

<Of course, being trapped inside an elevator with a mad dog (aka the USA police state) might not be all its cracked up to be.>

Art Van Delay's picture

Please bait the N Koreans to nuke Hawaii.

And make sure Odumber is there golfing and Zukerberg is present also.

Son of Loki's picture

Someone should give this judge some Sharia law that he can understand.

vato poco's picture

Q: what's the difference between God and a corrupt hawaiian federal judge?

A: God doesn't think He's a federal judge

His name was Seth Rich

Her name was Monica Peterson

His name was Peter Smith

His name was Klaus Eberwein




847328_3527's picture

How Polish TV Covers Islamic Attacks And Immigration In Europe

AVmaster's picture

The great thing about leftards is that they let their presence be known(ironically, just like terrorists do as well) so that you can weed them out either on the spot or later...

As in the case with this "judge"...


You CAN impeach judges, ya know...

Yog Soggoth's picture

Better yet, just give the island back to the natives and just keep a military base there. Then they decide who gets to stay. I am betting few who are not Hawaiian will be given that priveledge including Watkins. Zuckerburg ... head chopped off. Price of spam goes down because they can afford delicious island cattle. Bread still 8$ unless they allow ships to fly a flag of convenience. Lot's of possibilities if you think about it.

silverer's picture

After the first jerk that pulls some crap after slipping through Hawaii because of that ruling, charge his ass with aiding and abetting a crime.

eatthebanksters's picture

He's an activist 'judge' who cares not for the rule of law.  He needs to be removed from his position and disbarred.

Son of Loki's picture

<< He needs to be removed from his position and disbarred.>


...and handed over to isis for a 'fair trial' and sentencing.

michigan independant's picture For these countries, he recommended a war of position. A war of position is one in which one first identifies “switch-points of social power” and then one seeks to peacefully take control of those switch-points. The switch-points all relate to the field of cultural values – in particular, the arts and education. The most important switch-points of power are positions like school principal, university professor, government policy maker, education department bureaucrat and journalist. In 1967, Rudi Dutschke, a German student leader, reformulated Antonio Gramsci’s philosophy of cultural hegemony with the phrase, “The long march through the institutions.” Instead of a long military march, such as the one undertaken by the Chinese Marxist Maoist Tse-Tung, in the highly developed western countries the long march would be through the most culturally significant of our social institutions – that is, through schools, universities, courts, parliaments and through the media, through newspapers and television. Cultural Marxism is real and 94 percent completed some tally... wake up

G-R-U-N-T's picture

It's nice to see a President fight back especially for the people. As time goes on I believe there will be tons and tons of government bureaucratic corruption exposed.

I believe Trump, directly or indirectly is one big cover pulling machine, as well he should be, the American people are thirsty to know the truth! Next up: Confidence in government will reach such a low that they will all but abandon the notion that they've been any good whatsoever both for society and the economy!

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

judges and men in suits dictate......


used to be the people....but america long gone....destroyed...absolutely everything fucking destroyed.....the human being is guilty.

Hongcha's picture

The Donald needs to step down hard on these lingering Globalist local judges. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

The Certiorari Act of 1925 can only be undone by Congress. Before that all cases had to be heard by Constitutional law. Until that happens these planted activist judges can ignore the complaints of the people. Forget term limits for the others. Term limits for supreme judges are more important when you are talking about 9 people who control which cases are to be heard. Or they could just make more supreme judges to even things out and drop the workload.

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

TRumptards Rejoyce, They can now shit again. All is well. Till it isn't. 

G-R-U-N-T's picture

You must come from the 'two dogs fucking' tribe with all the tripe you bark up here at fight club, bitch! 

dr kill's picture

I think you should watch the Bastille Day parade. YouTube has it. God Bless America and DJT. (Hint- No slanty-eyed judge pricks in the line of march)

blindfaith's picture



STOP reading his creeps posts.  He loves it when you down vote him...means YOU READ IT.  WAKE UP>

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

How many here even know their cousins, or nephews/nieces?

P-51 Stiletto's picture

I know them all, American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God, after all... But, I still can't claim them on my taxes.

Bill of Rights's picture

Off in the distance millions or retard liberals all scream out at once....

Boca's picture

Keep it up, this is exactly the kind of shit that won Trump the election, the left's complete disregard for laws and common sense.  The majority of people may not approve of everything Trump does, but the majority do understand this ban

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Can SCOTUS declare a lower court a vexatious litigant?

denoting an action or the bringer of an action that is brought without sufficient grounds for winning, purely to cause annoyance to the defendant

ebworthen's picture

Activist "Judge" says:

“grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons already in the US.”

And in the fine print:

"...acquaintances, Facebook friends, YouTube channel members, pen-pals, men with beards, Women in hijabs, people professing to hate President Trump, EU members, their dogs, cats, and their friend's hamster."

directaction's picture

The President and Congress pretend to control the USA.

But really it's the federal judges.

Whatever they say, think or feel is the real law in the USA.  

Marketing Consultant's picture

Only until their ruling gets reversed.

fallout11's picture

Or until we the people run them out on a rail, as our Founding Father's generation did to British judges.

847328_3527's picture

"Why are they bringing these fucking asylum seekers here. No one wants them here!"


Finnish lady describes the Muslim violence, they brag of attacks.

Horse Pizzle's picture

Judge has 'til Tuesday to explain his feelings. 

Fox-Scully's picture

We complain about congress with all the breaks and vacations, but what about the supreme court on a 3 month break!  Give me a break--no pun intended.

bunkers's picture

Why is a lowly judge more powerful than POTUS?

az_patriot's picture

These idiot liberal judges that legislate from the bench and act as if they're more powerful than POTUS should be fired, disbarred, and spend the rest of their lives stocking shelves at Walmart.

Marketing Consultant's picture

Whats the plan to make that happen?

I'm with you, but talk is cheap.

ludwigvmises's picture

This entire travel ban has turned into a farce. Countries worlwide are laughing about our inept court and executive system.

Marketing Consultant's picture

This must be what happens when you make a hula dancer a judge in Hawaii.

Marketing Consultant's picture

When the left doesn't like a judge, they do what they did to Scalia.

When the right doesn't like a judge, they just write a lot of worthless comments on these web sites.

blindfaith's picture



I think the BEST idea is to have ALL immigration enter thru Hawaii, and require a 7 day cooling off period on the Waikiki Beach, lunch with this judge and a stay over in his house.  The overflow can camp out on his lawn.


A modest proposal for a Democrat to consider sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Perhaps some can even spent time at Zukerbergs or Ellison's house, I mean they have big acreage in Hawaii and endless money to entertain and or help these poor people get a head start in Amerika.

Blanco Diablo's picture

The US have received 50,168 "Refugees" this year, Hawaii has taken in 3 whole refugees!

First time in history of refugee program Presidential ceiling has been exceeded, This was completely unnecessary because the Trump Administration could have simply lowered the ceiling when they came in to office without any Executive Order.  The most they had to do was notify Congress!

blindfaith's picture



US District Judge Derrick Watson, he doen't look English or Irish or Scottish or French or American to me.  Who is this guy?

P-51 Stiletto's picture

KempeitaiVolksDeutschen Divison. Obviously.