US DISTRICT Judge Derrick Watson rejected a government request on Sunday for him to clarify his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.
Judge Watson said that nothing was unclear about his order and the government cannot ask for a distinction that officials failed to make in earlier briefs and arguments, according to online court records.
He issued the temporary restraining order on Wednesday in response to a lawsuit from the state of Hawaii, concluding that there was “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban.
The Justice Department asked Mr Watson on Friday to clarify that the order applied only to the ban on travel from six mainly Muslim countries and not a global freeze on refugees entering the US.
Mr Trump has called the Hawaii ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and indicated that he will appeal against it.
Similar cases are being heard by federal courts in the states of Washington and Maryland.