US asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban

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    AP | Honolulu

    March 19, 2017 | 07:47 AM

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The government is asking a federal judge in Hawaii to clarify his order blocking President Trump's revised travel ban, arguing that it shouldn't apply to new rules on refugees.

A Justice Department motion filed on Saturday asks Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of his temporary restraining order, arguing it should only apply to Trump's temporary ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

The Justice Department says the ruling shouldn't apply to a section of Trump's executive order that temporarily suspends admission of refugees to the US and caps the number admitted this fiscal year at 50,000.

The Justice Department also argues the Hawaii ruling shouldn't block Trump's order that security officials review whether other countries are providing enough information to ensure would-be immigrants aren't a security threat.