9th U.S. Court of Appeals denies Hawaii's request to remove relatives from travel ban
The panel of three judges said it did not have jurisdiction to issue a ruling over Hawaii's request to make grandparents and other relatives of people already living in the United States exempt from the ban.
Friday's ruling came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson of the District of Hawaii declined to clarify the scope of the ban and encouraged the plaintiffs to seek guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judges Michael Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez said in their Friday ruling they "do not fault" Watson for rejecting Hawaii's request and suggested the plaintiffs made an error by asking the district judge to "clarify" the instructions rather than requesting "injunctive relief or to modify the injunction" of the ban.
"Although the district court may not have authority to clarify an order of the Supreme Court, it does possess the ability to interpret and enforce the Supreme Court's order, as well as the authority to enjoin against, for example, a party's violation of the Supreme Court's order," the judges wrote. ■