The Justice Department on Thursday filed its notice of appeal to the freeze on President Trump's revised travel ban imposed by a federal judge in Hawaii.
The Donald Trump administration on Thursday appealed the ruling of a USA federal judge in Hawaii who had a day prior maintained his freeze on the president's revised restrictions on travel from some Muslim-majority countries.
On Wednesday night however, Watson agreed to convert that decision into a longer-term preliminary injunction, extending his previous temporary restraining order.
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"The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the federal district court ruling".
After the judge's ruling came down, Amnesty International USA's Margaret Huang, issued the following statement; "The courts have once again clearly rejected the Muslim ban".
In his initial ruling that blocked the revised travel ban, Watson said that that the state of Hawaii displayed "a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim, that irreparable injury is likely if the requested relief is not issued".
"If there was a new order, or if there's a new appeal, we will be looking at it and thinking about what this means for the people of the State of Hawaii and how it affects our values and also whether or not it violates the Constitution", he said...
Government lawyers argued that the revised travel ban was written to address the concerns raised by judges, which included the removal of the section that gave preference to religious minorities. The court upheld the decision in a 3-0 ruling on February 9.
His order is broader than one adopted by a federal judge in Maryland, which the Trump Administration is now contesting in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In a swift reaction, the United States Justice Department said it will continue to defend the executive order.
The Trump administration's wide-ranging initial travel restrictions imposed on January 27 were slapped down by federal courts, after sparking global protests and chaos at United States airports.
Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state's economy, while the government says it falls within the president's power to protect national security.
They say preventing the ban presents an issue of national significance and that other courts have acted quickly on the travel ban.
Faced with that division, it is expected that the case will end in the Supreme Court, which now has eight members since the Senate has not yet confirmed Neil Gorsuch, nominated by Trump to occupy the ninth and last position of the country's main judicial body. In his ruling Wednesday, Watson extended that order to a preliminary injunction, which can remain in effect throughout an entire court case.
The original executive order included Iraq but that country was removed in the rewrite.
The opinions of judges in favor of Trump will likely be cited in higher courts, including the Supreme Court, Blackman said.