Remember last week when the Obama appointed Hawaii US District Judge Derrick Watson tried to play president and redefine the terms of Trump’s temporary travel ban?
If you don’t remember here is a refresher…
Judge Derrick Watson apparently has issues with how the new temporary ban has defined ‘bona fide relationships’ to people or organizations in the U.S.
“The Government’s definition of close familial relationship is not only not compelled by the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision, but contradicts it,” the judge wrote.
“Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members,” the judge wrote.
Mr. Trump’s restrictions sought to impose a 90-day ban on U.S. entry for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and to suspend temporarily the U.S. program for admitting refugees.
Mr. Trump has said the order would help prevent terrorism and allow his administration time to study vetting procedures world-wide.
Thursday’s order, like previous decisions in the legal saga, wasn’t a final ruling on the ban, but instead a decision on what rules should be in place while litigation continues over whether Mr. Trump’s restrictions are legal.
The Supreme Court will give the case a full airing in October, and it intended its June ruling to strike a balance in the meantime, allowing Mr. Trump to bar some travel, but not for people with close connections to the U.S., such as with family, schools and employers.
Well, it seems like the Supreme Court had something to say about dear ol’ Watson in Hawaii.
Today they announced that the temporary travel ban will see strict enforcement, meaning the original definition of ‘bona fide relationships’ will be used, as the Trump admin outlined.
According to TPM: The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration’s request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in.
But the justices are leaving in place a lower court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to enter the United States.
The high court acted Wednesday on the administration’s appeal of last week’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson that required the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the United States. Watson also vastly expanded the family relations that refugees and visitors can use to get into the country.
The justices said the federal appeals court in San Francisco should now consider the appeal.
Can you say, ‘BUUUURRRRNNNN!!!’
Nice try, Watson.