U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu drops the ball on the U.S travel ban and it leaves Americans vulnerable.
Obama appointed District judge, Derrick Watson, blocked President Trump’s revision of the travel ban. The ban would have put a temporary hold on a select group of countries with terrorist ties and or areas of National Security concern from entering the United States. Specifically; a 90-day ban on Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban of refugees.
Judge Watson is not the only one to foil this crucial security measure, he was joined by another Judge in Maryland. The latest version rejected met bipartisan concerns allowing some visa and relations exclusions.Truly, a ‘water downed’ version as Trump put it, yet it still didn’t pass despite alterations.
Some are concerned that the two judges have more loyalties to the Obama administration than the American people. Another outlook is that perhaps the judges are interested in remaining politically correct above all else-since both sighted the bill as racially motivated. A claim that refers to the fact that most of the countries listed are largely Muslim nations.
When Trump revised the ban, state Attorney General Doug Chin changed the lawsuit to challenge that version. In March, Watson agreed with Hawaii that it amounted to discrimination based on nationality and religion.
A subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed the administration to partially reinstate that 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees.
But it said the policy didn’t apply to refugees and travelers with a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S.
Hawaii then successfully challenged the federal government’s definition of which family members would be allowed into the country. Watson ordered the government not to enforce the ban on close relatives such as grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, and aunts.
The judge’s order Tuesday prevents acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from implementing the latest travel ban.
Watson said he would set an expedited hearing to determine whether the temporary restraining order should be extended.