Late last month the Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump’s travel ban could actually take effect but it does allow for pouses, siblings, parents, and children to be exempted from the executive order.
Bossert said: “So we’ll have to go back and have the attorneys read it, interpret it further, and decide whether this is another productive or unproductive step in this saga as we try to secure our country.”
However, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has ruled this his grandparents are exempt from the executive order and in the same ruling Watson stated that if a refugee has received an assurance from a resettlement agency, they are exempted from the ban.
This has top White House officials quite concerned and even stated that the SCOTUS has had to put this lower court in it’s place before. This should be an interesting development.
As written for The Daily Caller by Alex Pfeiffer:
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said that reports of a Hawaii federal judge’s ruling on President Trump’s so-called travel ban “trouble” him.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled Thursday that grandparents are exempted from President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring the entry of refugees. That same ruling also said that if a refugee has received an assurance from a resettlement agency, they are exempted from the ban.
“I would say that, as it was reported to me, it seemed to be fairly broad and something that would trouble me if it was as broad as reported,” Bossert told reporters aboard Air Force One. “In terms of a connection with any group, any refugee organization, it might be read, if the early reports that I looked at were accurate, as something so expansive as to cover every refugee. And that certainly couldn’t be the interpretation the Supreme Court intended.”