US Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Clarification of Order Relating to Travel Ban

July 19, 2017, 12:17 PM HST · Updated July 19, 12:17 PM
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The United States Supreme Court today denied the Trump Administration’s motion to clarify an order issued by the court on June 26, 2017 in Trump v Hawaiʻi relating to his travel ban.

Travel ban update, 7.19.17. Maui Now graphic.

The District Court order modifying the preliminary injunction with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance is stayed pending resolution of the Government’s appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Hawaiʻi Attorney General Doug Chin said today’s order essentially confirms that the “Hawaiʻi federal court order that grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins are indeed close family.”

“This confirms we were right to say that the Trump Administration over-reached in trying to unilaterally keep families apart from each other, in violation of the Supreme Court’s prior ruling,” said Chin.

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The Supreme Court did stay Judge Watson’s order with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending resolution by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chin said he is currently preparing arguments for the Ninth Circuit to resolve that issue.

In response to today’s Supreme Court decision on the Trump Administration’s travel ban, Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer said the organization welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision.

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“For many refugees stranded in life-threatening conditions, these individuals may be the only family they have left.”

Acer said Human Rights First is now calling on the Trump Administration to abandon the rest of their policy, calling it “cruel and disgraceful,” saying that it leaves nearly 26,000 refugees who have already been fully vetted “stranded in difficult and dangerous situations abroad.”

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