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Monday, 17 July 2017 17:04

Supreme Court Puts Travel Ban Case Back in Hawaii’s Court — Gives Them Until July 18 to Respond

Written by  Warren Mass

In the latest round of judicial volleyball pertaining to President Trump’s March 6 executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorists’ Entry Into the United States,” the Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii to respond by noon on July 18 to the Trump Justice Department’s appeal of Hawaii District Court Judge Derrick Watson’s July 13 ruling on the ban.

That ruling substituted Watson’s own interpretation of the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that allowed the travel ban to go into effect for the Trump administration’s interpretation of it.

The Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling exempted only one category of foreigners from the travel ban, those “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The Trump administration interpreted that exemption as applying only to immediate family members such as a parent, spouse, fiancé, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling. However, in his July 13 ruling, Watson decided to expand the exemption considerably, to include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people already in this country.

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.

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