Hawaii lawmakers criticize Sessions' island judge remarks

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After Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioned the authority of a US federal judge "sitting on an island in the Pacific" to block the President Donald Trump's travel ban, the Justice Department pointed out that Sessions was right both on his geography and his argument for the ban's legality.

Hawaii's Attorney General Doug Chin on Thursday fired back at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who called Hawaii "an island in the Pacific" earlier this week.

"We are confident that the president will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit".

"We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order", Sessions said Tuesday night on the "Mark Levin Show," CNN first reported Thursday.

The ACLU of Hawaii boasted in a tweet that "civil rights is in our DNA", and a number of tweets noted that it was Sessions' state of Alabama that once fought to leave the U.S.

Yet Sessions has been traversing the country in recent weeks giving speeches about cracking down on crime, ushering in the " Trump era", and strengthening border and immigration enforcement. Sound off in the comments, my buds! "Jeff Sessions' comments are ignorant & risky". The judge received received threats after Trump complained about the ruling.

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"The suggestion that being from Hawaii somehow disqualifies Judge Watson from performing his Constitutional duty is risky, ignorant, and prejudiced". Hawaiian Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz were quick to make the point after comments from the attorney general surfaced. And that island is called Oahu.

U.S. Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in an email that Sessions was questioning one judge's ability to block the president's executive order for the travel ban.

"It's my home. Have some respect", he said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday the Justice Department is seeking cooperation from localities in fighting crime and is not looking to pick fights. Our Constitution created a separation of powers in the United States for a reason. "It is disappointing AG Sessions does not acknowledge that". Statements made by President Trump have suggested his government would stop all federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions - a claim that appears to be no longer relevant after lawyer told court the executive order is "narrow". "Judges routinely issue orders that apply nationwide so there is nothing fantastic about that fact", Mr. Blumenthal said on CNN's "New Da".

"This is not the totality of what the Trump administration is doing - or could try to do - to cities, counties and states that they view as sanctuaries".