This federal judge’s ruling ruined the day for liberals across the country.
And it put a smile on the face of every Trump-supporting American.
The only thing more surprising about the ruling is where it came from.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson shot down an attempt to weaken the temporary Trump travel ban in Hawaii.
The attempted emergency motion that was denied would have broadened the familial exemptions to President Trump’s travel ban.
Hawaii News reported:
“Under the ban, people from the six Muslim-majority nations that are impacted by the ban who sought new visas need to have either a ‘close relationship’ with a family member – parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling – or an entity such as a business within the United States.
Last week, attorneys for the federal government said that the ‘close’ family relationships allowed under the President Trump’s travel ban were based on definitions outlined by immigration law.
The state’s emergency motion – denied on Thursday by Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu – sought to make sure that the ban couldn’t be enforced against other family members, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles.
In his ruling, Watson reasoned that since the portion of the ban Hawaii was seeking to clarify was authored by the Supreme Court, the state’s lawyers should seek clarification directly from them.”
In the order, Judge Watson made it clear that this question is better suited to be decided by the Supreme Court, stating:
“This Court will not upset the Supreme Court’s careful balancing and “equitable judgment” … nor would this district court presume to substitute its own understanding of the stay for that of the originating Court’s “exercise of discretion and judgment.”
This is good news for Trump supporters, especially after last month’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Trump administration’s travel ban.
This isn’t the first time Hawaii has tried to thwart the President’s travel ban. In March, the same judge, Derrick Watson, attempted to block the entirety of the travel ban.
The Supreme Court shot that order down, but not before President Trump could fire back at Judge Watson, as reported by the New York Times:
Mr. Trump lashed out at Judge Watson during a campaign-style rally in Nashville late on Wednesday. Raising his voice to a hoarse shout, Mr. Trump accused the judge of ruling “for political reasons” and criticized the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which upheld the earlier decision against his administration and will hear any appeal to the Hawaii ruling.
“This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are, believe me,” Mr. Trump said, to mounting cheers from a loyal crowd.
Mr. Trump even said he might reissue the initial version of the order, rather than the one blocked on Wednesday, which he described as “a watered-down version of the first one.”
However this is resolved, it’s clear that Hawaii is the main battleground in the fight against Trump’s travel ban.
What are your thoughts?
Will the Supreme Court uphold Trump’s travel ban fully, or will they water it down?
Let us know in the comment section.