Trump’s Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Rein in Hawaii Federal Judge

(Tribune News Service) Trump administration lawyers voicing frustration with a federal judge in Hawaii have asked the Supreme Court to intervene again and to allow the government to strictly enforce its temporary foreign travel ban.

Hawaii Judge Weakens Trump Travel Ban

Derrick Watson/IMAGE: YouTube

The acting U.S. solicitor general said the justices should issue a ruling to clarify the travel ban or, at minimum, block the latest ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii.

“At this point, this court’s intervention is both necessary and warranted,” Jeffery Wall, the acting solicitor general, said in an appeal filed Friday evening.

At issue now is whether the ban can be enforced to deny entry to grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins as well as what the government calls “more distant relatives.”

On June 26, the Supreme Court said the travel ban could be enforced, but not against foreigner travelers who had a “close” family member in the United States. But its short opinion did not carefully define who qualified under that standard.

Lawyers for Hawaii then went back to Watson, who this week adopted a broader standard that would allow more family members and refugees to enter the country.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had earlier complained that a single judge in Hawaii should not be permitted to determine the government’s policy, and he repeated that complaint in a statement Friday. “Once again, we are faced with a situation in which a single federal district court has undertaken by a nationwide injunction to micromanage decisions of the co-equal executive branch related to our national security,” he said.

The justices are on their summer recess, and many have left Washington. Nonetheless, the justices regularly decide on emergency orders even when they are scattered around the country, and they likely will act on the government’s appeal within a few days.

The emergency appeal comes at a particularly inconvenient time for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who oversees such appeals coming from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the West Coast.

Kennedy had traveled to Salzburg, Austria, where he teaches a summer class for the University of the Pacific. He had planned to be in San Francisco next week for the 9th Circuit’s conference of judges.

But his wife, Mary, fell and broke her hip, and the court announced Friday that Kennedy will remain in Austria while she recovers. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch will take his place at the 9th Circuit conference.

Republished with permission from Tribune News Service via iCopyright license.

  • Apparently Judge Watson no longer thinks of himself as a judge. He truly believes his new title is King Watson and we are supposed to address as Your Majesty.

    • Marie Saqueton

      Or, he might just want to breath for many more years?

      • Are you implying his life will be in jeopardy if he don’t follow the liberal agenda?

  • C. LeSaint

    What happened to Judge Scalia should happen to commie judge Watson who wants to destroy America! Hey, Judge, that’s TREASON!!

    • Marie Saqueton

      How can he be a JUDGE when he does not know that Federal Law supersedes any State LAW? Even an idiot knows that.

  • Walter J Williams

    Another example of appointed, embedded DNC crime syndicate supported intent on destroying this country. We need look at the troubles our neighbors across the pond are having. We already had a pakistan immigrant (praised by Obama) declare on national media that muslims should not assimilate into the american lifestyle, and declared jihad on the POTUS! No more muslims that do not want to assimilate! Period.

    • Frank

      Enough !!!
      Period !!!

    • Junior1950

      No more muslims AT ALL~~~PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Michael Lloyd

      Muslims do not want to assimilate. Muslims demand you assimilate or else.

    • ARJAY

      No more muSLIMES, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rfkcalif

    By Executive Order by President Trump, the refugees and all their relatives should be placed in Hawaii until this coming fall when the SCOTUS sits down an makes their final decision. I think Hawaii should be the area where all refugees should go through customs and stay in Hawaii until the decision is made.

    • Jose Cisneros

      And they should stay with this judge and and violations of the law by refugees should be the legal and financial responsibility of this judge until the SCOTUS decides. No judge has the power or authority to make the law. That puts him in violation of our constitution which he should be held accountable

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      • Marie Saqueton

        If there is any terrorist attack in Hawaii, this Judge will be in deep Kimchee with the Hawaiians. The terrorists might also come from the Philippines so they should also add that country because the Philippine President has no use for them and they are killing them…the terrorists I mean from the island of Mindanao.

    • Beth Jensen

      What a splendid idea! Make Obama go with

    • Warren Blum

      Yes it’s a long swim to the mainland. Agreed

    • ARJAY

      I’ve said the same thing. Hawaii wants them, let Hawaii HAVE THEM ALL!!!!!!

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    • Fed up!

      Very good solution to a so called Judge Wattle, who either never read the Constitution or can’t comprehend what is states. As far as the Supreme courts comment, what a bunch of spineless Attorneys.

    • Stevesrq

      Better if they dont come at all but … I think maybe they could all spend a week or two at the judges place before being deported. That works for me, and they can take the honorable judge with them when they go.

      • Marie Saqueton

        Yup, we should drop the “honorable” because he does not honor the LAW.

  • John

    These out of control judges need to know their role or get impeached!!!!

    • Amber

      If It is determined that Obama was not a legal candidate, this this judge he appointed is also not legal. That should be the first order of business.

      • No Name

        Loretta Fuddy who was harassed over and over for Omuslims fake Birth Certificate was the ‘only’ person to die out of an entire plane full of people in …what I am sure was a fake landing plane crash .
        Fake President.
        Fake Judges.
        Draining the Swamp is music to my ears.

        • GoldenGirl2u

          Can’t happen soon enough, where is Sessions?

        • Marie Saqueton

          She was the lady they said provided the White House the certificate of Birth but no “original birth certificate” was found. Then when questions came up, she died by supposedly drowning from that plane crash. She was the only one who drowned..heemmmmp, how can a Hawaiian woman who are good at swimming drown?

          • No Name

            RIP Loretta Fuddy
            RIP Justice Scalia
            RIP Seth Rich

    • Marie Saqueton

      can they be fired by the President?

  • myfordtruck

    all of the nutty 9 and some more should be replaced

  • Ed

    Presidential authority trumps (no pun intended 🙂 ) these judges because it is authorized by the Constitution. The country is full of activist judges who have absolutely zero business being on the bench and should be removed because they are there to rule in accordance with written law, not create law or interfere with it. Judge Watson is a Leftist and dislikes President Trump. If the EO had been by Obama it would have stood. No judges, or anybody else, should have a job for life, no-one. Then you can’t get rid of the corrupt ones of which I think Judge Watson might be because he is not ruling according to law but a political party’s desire.

    • Marie Saqueton

      He was a classmate of Obama and Obama visited him in person to probably ask him to this. he was also a Democrat appointee.

  • denis

    Can this judge be fired for his incompetence. Just asking?

    • MidNightRider2001 .

      Feral judges serve for life and are almost never impeached. This needs to change. Watson should be removed from the bench and permanently barred from practicing law.

      • David Silbernagel

        Only judges that rule according to the constitution are ever removed and then it is by the liberal commy judges. Example Judge Moore

        • MidNightRider2001 .

          You mean the future Senator Roy Moore?

          • David Silbernagel

            Yes I sure hope so !! Hope someone can get the RINO McConnell from giving all the money support to Moore”s primary opponent. Someone with some pull needs to straighten McConnell out. Being out of state I can not get messages to him with e mails. He doesn’t want to hear what the rest of the country thinks about him so he doesn’t take e mails or accept calls from outside the state of Kentucky

      • Marie Saqueton

        For violating Federal Law and Supreme Court mandate, can’t he not be fired for that?

        • MidNightRider2001 .

          Judges do the dirty work of the political establishment. Thomas Jefferson said, “Impeachment is a farce which will not be tried again.” And he also called impeachment a ‘scarecrow’.

    • Amos10

      The panel of psychiatrists, psychologists, plain old doctors, and a bevy of civilians the Democrats, led by California Congressman Raskin, say should examine President Trump, should instead be set to the task of examining the mental stability of Federal District Judge Watson. If anyone appears insane it is Watson.

      • denis

        There is a list called the “Code of Conduct for United States Judges”, Just wondering if he with his oddball rulings sinned against Canon 2 and 2A.

      • Duke615

        I believe that Cong. Raskin is from Maryland. Otherwise, I am not in disagreement.

  • icemancold

    Well send all refugees to This Judge in Hawaii tell him he is responsible for their shelter and food until the SCOTUS hears the case in the fall also be sure to inform this Judge that being responsible means he solely will feed house clothe the refugees and will take any legal responsibility as may occur.!

    • Marie Saqueton

      Yup, there are thousands that Obama promised Australia to take in, send them all to Hawaii as it is much closer than California.Australia was holding them in their country as a favor to Obama’s request and that Obama will bring them all to the U.S, This Judge who favors Obama’s dictates must take them all in. Australia is closer to Hawaii than our mainland, save on the trip.

  • Carole

    Hawaii Judge grand standing to make a name for himself. Well the Supreme Court needs to give him a bit of a tongue lashing and send him to his corner to pout.

    • Blue

      what they need to do is acknowledge his bias and disqualify him from and further involvement in the case (recusal ).

      • organic granny

        Disqualify him as judge is more like it.
        Disbar him for his corrupt behavior.

    • chief1937

      Really what they need to do is remove him from the court and revoke his law degree.

    • Forrest K. Wright

      fire him for not doing his duty as judge .

      • Marie Saqueton

        Fire him for politicizing and corrupting his Judicial duty.

    • Marie Saqueton

      He needs to be fired because he politicize his decisions. Evidence now is that he is a former classmate and friend of Obama.

  • Bill Meyers

    How does one rogue judge from a state with no reality of what’s going on in the world, with ties to Obama. One of the most corrupt Presidents In the history of the US have the authority to over rule the Elected Pesident, and the Supreme Court? These guys need to be reigned in.

  • Yarbles

    One of Shitbama’s rump ranger buddies?

  • Walter Flatt


  • Raymond Miller

    Impeach the SOB

  • The entire 9th Circuit of judges needs to be removed, period..

    • Forrest K. Wright

      only those who fit the profile of not doing there job and with out retirement .

    • Marie Saqueton

      Because the majority of their rulings is always over-turned by the Supreme Court. Most of the 9th Circuit Judges are Demoncrat appointees.

  • organic granny

    What is the process to remove/impeach judges at this level?

  • Warren Blum

    All Obama plants for his globalization plans counting on an easy win by clinton. Trump has his work cut out meeting the resistance of those dirty demorats. I’d like to see a plane load of them crash. Schumer and Pelosi would be a nice start.

    • Forrest K. Wright

      that wont solve the problem , you are stooping to there level of doing things .

      • Marie Saqueton

        Excuse him, he is just talking out of frustrations, like most of us.

  • chris VN

    Der ( eliction of duty ) rick Waston strikes again!!!

  • DJT Supporter

    President of the United States has authority to fire a non complied judge regardless Democrats or Republicans or any parties. Executive order is about security of American people. If any foreigners have no connection to the United States, they are not allowed to enter in US mainland regardless of relatives, illegals, green cards, visas. Anyone who connect to the United States, they are allowed to enter in this country and follow US Laws.


    I didn’t know that ANY “judge” could modify a SC ruling! If a lower court “judge” can modify a SC ruling, then why can’t ANY SCJ modify the full court’s ruling (s)he disagrees with?!?!

    That IDIOT “judge” HAS NO STANDING to modify the SC ruling!

    • chief1937

      I too did not know a district federal judge could over rule the supreme court. If this is the case why have a supreme court? Is it just to give a job to judges?

  • Raymond Babcock

    No amount of breaking the law ever gets these losers in jail. This judge in Hawaii needs to be stopped. The president has the authority to keep people out of the country.


    They should have never included the exception that has caused the latest argument now, about letting people in if they have certain kinds of relatives, etc. President Trump is getting bad advice. If this “exception” had not been stuck in there, it had already been reviewed and debated and passed by the SCOTUS. This exception clause has just caused confusion and delay. Bad advice for Trump.

    • Marie Saqueton

      Close relatives, meaning father, mother and siblings only….NO UNCLES, COUSINS, ETC. THAT IS AN EXCLUSION IN THE INS REGULATIONS. This stupid Judge should read the INS regulations, terms and provisions before acting like he knew better than anyone.

  • Rolpho Signetti

    So the picture is of the judge that is causing all the hub bub? Let me make a copy of him, put it in my wallet! Then next time I want to remind myself wadda DINK looks like! I got his picture!

    • Marie Saqueton

      His classmate and friend Obama is behind him, fueling his arrogance.

  • capa760

    Why will a Judge call on a judgment without ‘ The U.S. Constitution, or Obama’s Treason of “Unsecured U.S.A. borders, overrun by an invasion of illegal aliens, without entry into the
    USA through the Border Patrol’s Regulations. The path to living in the USA is by entering
    through the doors of the U.S. Department of Immigration.” The Illegal aliens cannot gather
    all of their relatives to enter the USA to stay. America has multi-millions of unvetted,
    unprocessed, and unverified qualifications. America does not have room for more,
    after Obama’s Treasonous Actions of bringing illegally, the multi-millions of illegal aliens
    who need to leave and apply legally into the USA.

  • capa760

    The ONLY door to go through for a Visa, vetting, rules and regulations will be “The U.S. Doors
    1952, Chapter 2, Section 212. The Democrats and President Harry Truman were justified in
    making the USA Immigration personality inclusion to Protect America from those who associate
    with an organization plotting to overthrow the Republic of America. And the Obama/Soros Plans
    are certainly included in this same bill. Exclusion from the USA.

  • Donovan Blaylock

    If you cannot fire him, transfer him to Lower Alabama, or the Appalacian Mountains

  • Name

    This judge and judges like him should be removed from the bench for violating the constitution.

  • RB

    It sounds like this liberal judge picked the wrong profession. It sounds more like he wants to be a member of Congress who writes laws instead of a judge who interprets them.
    His first decision to block President Trump’s executive order was clearly made based on his personal feelings, instead of being based on the constitutionally guaranteed powers of the President.
    It sounds like this judge is trying to make a name for himself. Is a book deal in the works like Comey?

  • chief1937

    Sad part about it right now he is getting away with it.

    • Marie Saqueton

      Just for a while, wait for the Supreme Court ruling and he will be out, we hope.

  • Grant1959

    Lobby Congress to remove/impeach judge Derrick Watson, SOB. Where does he get off second guessing and contravening the SCOTUS. It looks like it is going to fall into Gorsuch’s hands…

  • Keeping his face in the news has gone to this judge’s head.

  • linda goudsmit • 2 minutes ago

    The Humanitarian Hoax of Open Borders: Killing America With Kindness by Linda Goudsmit 7.16.17

    The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy. Judge Derrick Watson is a humanitarian huckster.

    Obama, the humanitarian huckster-in-chief, weakened the United States borders for eight years presenting his crippling policies as altruistic when in fact they were designed for destruction. His legacy, the Leftist Democratic Party with its “resistance” movement, is the party of the Humanitarian Hoax attempting to destroy American democracy and replace it with socialism.

    Open borders for “suffering” refugees is the humanitarian hoax of the 21st century. The Leftist humanitarian hucksters and the colluding mainstream media present sympathetic images of displaced refugees seeking shelter to seduce the American public into believing that their open-border policy is humanitarian and the epitome of human kindness. Even Elmo gets a prime-time interview on CNN to encourage parents to reinforce Sesame Street’s message that refugee children are just like them – another generation of indoctrinated youth.

    Open-borders have a twin purpose for the leftist humanitarian hucksters. First, open borders are designed to flood America with illegal immigrants many who will vote illegally for their Democratic Party benefactors. Second, opening America’s borders to masses of immigrants from Islamic countries with cultural norms hostile to America will facilitate the social chaos necessary for the destruction of American democracy – the overarching goal of the leftist Democratic Party and their humanitarian hucksters.

    The Islamist humanitarian hucksters are trying to convince the Western world that open borders are a humanitarian effort that will benefit the West because their peaceful religion will provide cheap labor, cultural enrichment, and cultural diversity.

    Europe is the harbinger of cultural suicide. The left-wing liberal leaders in Europe have already opened their borders and demanded that the native European populations adapt to the hostile cultural norms of the Muslim immigrants. Rape, murder, terrorism, beheadings, every imaginable savagery followed. Immigrants with hostile cultural norms have no intention of working or assimilating. To the contrary, their mass immigration is a tactic of population jihad designed to conquer the host country and transform it into an Islamic state ruled by religious sharia law.

    The Leftist/Islamist axis has the initial shared goal of destroying American democracy but their ultimate goals are diametrically opposed to one another. Leftists are trying to impose socialism and their belief that it will provide social justice and income equality. Islamists are trying to impose sharia law and their belief that the world will be at peace when the world has been conquered and converted to Islam.

    The conflicting end goals of the Leftists and Islamists are no problem for the globalist elite who are busy manipulating the entire Leftist/Islamist axis. The globalist elites who fund the leftist humanitarian hucksters and the Islamist humanitarian hucksters are using them both as useful idiots to facilitate the great Humanitarian Hoax of open borders worldwide that will create the overwhelming social chaos necessary to internationalize the police force and impose their own special brand of a new world order.

    The Leftist/Islamist axis is populated by people too arrogant to understand that they are being used as puppets by the globalist elite who have an end game of their own.

    Socialism with its complete government control is the prerequisite social structure for the globalist elite to internationalize the socialist countries and impose one-world government. One-world government is the new world order that the globalist elite intend to rule themselves. It is unapologetically described in chilling detail in Lord Bertrand Russell’s 1952 book “The Impact of Science on Society.” One-world government is a binary socio-political system of masters and slaves. There is no social justice in one-world government, there is no income equality in one-world government, there are no Leftists or political agitators of any kind in one-world government – only a docile, compliant population of slaves ruled by the globalist elite.

    One-world government is the goal and the underlying motive of the campaign to destroy America from within. American democracy is the single greatest existential threat to one-world government and President Donald Trump is its leader. If the globalist elite are successful in their efforts to weaken the US military, create social chaos through open borders and illegal immigration, overthrow the US government of President Donald Trump, and transform America into socialism the next step is globalist conquest and the imposition of one-world government.

    After 241 years of American freedom the world will be returned to the dystopian existence of masters and slaves because a willfully blind American public was seduced by leftist humanitarian hucksters and Islamist humanitarian hucksters to surrender their sovereign borders and freedoms to be perceives as “kind.” The Humanitarian Hoax will have succeeded in killing America with “kindness.”

    • Marie Saqueton

      Great post, truthful and informative. I hope the blind followers of the left and those in denial will read and take to heart what you posted above. Thanks.

  • Christian_Prophet

    We value a central government which protects the environment for all Americans, not just the fortunate.

    We value world class elementary, high school and community college education for all Americans.

    We value the human right to healthcare made available to all Americans by Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Healthcare Act.

    We value society’s obligation to draw from all of its resources in order to care for the disabled, the elderly, the unemployed and those who are ill.

    We value a central government and its apparatuses which can provide full employment for all Americans, balance the demands of the free market with the needs of worker collective bargaining, ensure a living wage and ensure worker safety at the work place.

    We value evidence based scientific discovery and welcome scientists who protect the public from disease, food borne illnesses and damage to the atmosphere and climate.

    We value the social contributions of people of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, religious beliefs, native born and immigrants. We expect all Americans to give respect to every person from our diverse culture. Respect is not political correctness, it is compassion and moral.

    We will not live in fear and resentment, rather we understand that people from every country want peace, safety for themselves and their families.

    We value our democratic republic form of government and commit ourselves to securing America’s diversity of thought and practice.

    We value the protections of private property which the government provides.

    We expect owners of great wealth and income to appreciate the government protection they receive and feel an obligation to support the agencies providing this protection and giving strength and stability to society. We expect all Americans to contribute of their wealth and income in relation to their financial ability, without condemnation of the poor.

    We value the rule of law and the principle that all accused are considered innocent until proven guilty. That applies to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Yes, we expect our government leaders to be upright and to have a character of compassion for others.

    When a right, such as owning a gun, employing people, producing goods and services, becomes the cause of harm to others, we expect society through its government to counter the harm.

    We believe that public goods such as roads, education, air transportation, park land, breathable air, potable water, recreation, medical care, safety, sufficient nutrition and justice are public needs that government makes available to all people through proactive programs.

    • Marie Saqueton

      We value people who abides by our laws. A country without LAWS is no country.

  • gmailjerry

    Simple impeach the judge, you have the power or bust the court into 5 different courts then stack them with judges who have a brain.