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Checkmate: Trump Appeals Hawaii Judge’s Travel Ban Ruling to SCOTUS

As we reported earlier this week, liberal Hawaii federal Judge Derrick K. Watson changed his mind on his previous ruling about issuing an extension on the refugee travel ban to include ANY family member, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling.

And just as predicted, the Trump White House promptly responded with an appeal to the Supreme Court in which it plainly is asking the Court to slap down the Hawaii judge’s ruling and to enforce its own original decree.

We expect the administration will prevail in this given that the SCOTUS historically doesn’t take kindly to lower court judges modifying its decisions.

The seesaw court battle over whether refugees from any country can enter the US for any reason is far from over.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Late Friday night, the Trump administration kept its word and appealed the flip flop ruling of U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii, which again disrupts President Trump’s so-called travel ban directly to the Supreme Court.

As we reported previously, Judge Watson flipped flopped on this issue in the course of one week.

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On July 6 Judge Watson denied an emergency motionchallenging President Donald J. Trump’s so-called travel ban. Hawaii and a local imam sought to have grandparents and other relatives exempt from the executive order, which the Supreme Court allowed to partially be implemented in June:

This Court will not upset the Supreme Court’s careful balancing and “equitable judgment” brought to bear when “tailor[ing] a stay” in this matter.

[. . .]

This Court declines to usurp the prerogative of the Supreme Court to interpret its own order . . .

Then on  July 13, Judge Watson decided differently and chose to rule on the relationship question instead of deferring to the Supreme Court as he said he should just a week earlier.

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