My order was clear, judge clarifies to feds
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My order was clear, judge clarifies to feds

  • GEORGE F. LEE. / 2015
                                Derrick Kahala Watson, U.S. District Judge.

    GEORGE F. LEE. / 2015

    Derrick Kahala Watson, U.S. District Judge.

A federal judge Sunday rejected the U.S. government’s request to clarify his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said nothing was unclear about his order, and that the government can’t ask for a distinction that officials failed to make in earlier briefs and arguments, according to online court records.

Watson issued the temporary restraining order Wednesday in response to a lawsuit from the state of Hawaii, concluding there was “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban.

Two days later the Justice Department asked Watson to clarify that the order applied only to the ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries and not a global freeze on refugees entering the United States.

Watson asked federal officials and Hawaii on Sunday how they want to proceed regarding a possible extension of his order.

Trump has called the Hawaii ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and has indicated it will be appealed.

Similar cases are being heard in federal courts in Washington state and Maryland. In all, more than a half-dozen states are trying to block the travel ban.

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