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Federal judge could soon rule in Hawaii’s travel ban case

Updated: 
July 13, 2017 - 1:07pm

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge could decide soon on Hawaii’s renewed attempt to expand the list or relatives exempt from President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Hawaii wants the judge to rule on the scope of the ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson gave Hawaii until Thursday to file a response to the government’s opposition

Hawaii filed documents Wednesday saying it’s cruel to enforce the ban against grandmothers and other relatives of U.S. citizens who were excluded from the government’s definition.

The government says Hawaii is repackaging a clarification motion that Watson previously denied.

Hawaii says it is following instructions from an appeals court panel. The court says Watson can’t clarify the Supreme Court’s travel ban order, but he can interpret and enforce it.

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