Judge: Block on US travel ban needs no clar­i­fi­ca­tion

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HONOLULU: A fed­eral judge re­jected the US gov­ern­ment’s re­quest to clar­ify his tem­po­rary order block­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­vised travel ban.

US Dis­trict Judge Der­rick Wat­son said noth­ing was un­clear about his order and 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 only ap­plied 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. — AP

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