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DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Block Hawaii Judge’s Limiting Scope of Travel Ban

The Trump administration on Friday sent a request to the Supreme Court indicating that a Hawaii judge’s ruling limiting the scope of the temporary travel ban on refugees requires the “immediate intervention” of the justices, according to documents obtained by Fox News.

Last month, the Supreme Court determined that those with a “bona fide relationship” to a U.S. person or entity could not be incorporated into the travel ban. The Trump administration has narrowly interpreted that language.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled on Thursday that the ban could apply neither to grandparents of U.S. citizens nor to refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies, as the Trump administration had wanted.

In response, the Justice Department said Judge Watson’s ruling “empties the [Supreme] Court’s decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just ‘close’ family members but virtually all family members,” according to the court filing, as reported by Reuters.

But Omad Jadwat, a lawyer challenging the ban on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, said, “The truth here is that the government’s interpretation of the Supreme Court’s stay order defies common sense.” Jadwat said the district court was correct in its ruling, calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s attacks “misleading.”

Citing national security concerns and the vetting process, the Trump administration had set a 50,000 cap for refugees for the 12-month period ending Sep. 30, a ceiling it reached last week. It also defined a “bona fide relationship” as having a parent, spouse, fiancé, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling already in the U.S.

Although the Supreme Court is not in session, emergency requests can still be handled. Justice Anthony Kennedy is responsible for emergency requests relating to western states, or the court as a whole could hear the request, in which five votes are needed to grant it.

The Supreme Court has given Hawaii until Tuesday at noon to file responses to the Justice Department’s request.

This marks another turn in the legal battle over the travel ban, the original version was introduced just one week after Trump took office. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments in the fall to determine if the ban was constitutional or not.