The thing that throws me about A.G. Sessions is his confusion as if an Island (or group of them) can’t be a State. And that one (a geographic description) is different than a political one. And that it matters in what State resides a judge who issues a Travel Ban – quick, what was the judge’s location in all the other travel bans?
It is troubling how inexact the Trump team is apparently on all matters. Policy, bills regulations should be created as a fine art, not mediocre messaging.
“Trump’s travel ban order was his second attempt to impose drastic limits on travellers and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries. In March, Derrick Kahala Watson, the only Hawaiian-born federal judge now serving on a bench, issued a nationwide stay against it.
Watson found grounds for a violation of the constitutional prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion. His ruling, like those by other judges that stayed Trump’s first attempted travel ban in January, prompted furious complaint from the administration about supposed judicial overreach.
“This order is lawful,” Sessions said on Sunday. “It’s within [the president’s] authority constitutionally and [his] explicit statutory authority. We’re going to defend that order all the way up and so you do have a situation in which one judge out of 700 in America has stopped this order.”
A federal judge in Maryland also issued a stay against the second travel ban, although with a more limited scope.
“I think it’s a mistake,” Sessions said, “and we’re going to battle in the courts and I think we’re going to eventually win.”
The controversy over Sessions’ description of Hawaii erupted on Tuesday. In an interview with the conservative radio host Mark Levin, the attorney general said: “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
Attorneys and legal experts reacted with alarm that the country’s top prosecutor would question the authority of the judiciary, as the third independent branch of government to the president and Congress. Trump has repeatedly questioned the motives of judges who have ruled against his efforts, raising fears that he might undermine the legitimacy of courts”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/23/jeff-sessions-hawaii-gaffe-sense-of-humour