The Latest: Judge grants Hawaii's request on refugees – Washington Post

Tom MarkLast Update : Friday 14 July 2017 - 6:34 AM
The Latest: Judge grants Hawaii's request on refugees – Washington Post
People participate in a New York rally in June to protest the separation of families under the Trump administration’s travel ban. (EPA/Alba Vigaray).

A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that grandparents and other relatives should be exempt from the enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban, which bars people from six Muslim-majority countries.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled Thursday that the federal government’s list of family relationships required for travel into the country should be expanded to include grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives.

The Supreme Court ruled late last month that the government could begin enforcing the executive order, but not on people with “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States.

The Trump administration then decided to make exceptions for spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, fiances and siblings of those already in the country. However, they barred grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The government rolled out the measure on June 29, affecting travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Hawaii had asked Watson to rule on the federal government’s interpretation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump’s executive order, arguing that the list of exemptions to the travel ban was too narrow.

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