WHITE HOUSE TO APPEAL RULING ON TRAVEL BAN
A White House spokesman says a Hawaii ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban is just the latest step that will allow the administration to appeal.
Sean Spicer said Thursday that the White House firmly believes the executive order is legal, necessary for national security and will ultimately be allowed to move forward.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a 24-page order Wednesday extending his temporary order blocking the ban. It came after the Department of Justice argued for a narrower ruling only covering the part of Trump’s executive order that suspends new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries.
Government attorney Chad Readler said halting the flow of refugees had no effect on Hawaii and the state has not shown how it is harmed by the ban. Watson disagreed.
Watson said Hawaii has shown that the ban will harm its universities and tourism industry as well as the imam of a Honolulu mosque, Ismail Elshikh, who joined the lawsuit.
The administration says the executive order falls within the president’s power to protect national security.