Supreme Court Orders Hawaii to Respond to Travel Ban Motion

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

"(W) e will now reluctantly return directly to the Supreme Court to again vindicate the rule of law and the Executive Branch's duty to protect the nation", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement, Efe reported.

But, the administration gained partial satisfaction in June when the Supreme Court ruled that it could proceed with its plan to prohibit the entry of some people from countries deemed risky, while still allowing visits by people with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in United States". "Only this Court can definitively settle whether the government's reasonable implementation is consistent with this Court's stay", it said.

Citing national security concerns and the vetting process, the Trump administration had set a 50,000 cap for refugees for the 12-month period ending Sep. The court also agreed to hear oral arguments in the fall over whether the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

Citing a need to review its vetting process to ensure national security, the administration capped refugee admissions at 50,000 for the 12-month period ending September 30, a ceiling it hit this week.

The Supreme Court allowed a scaled-back version of the travel ban to take effect last month. It said the judge's interpretation of the Supreme Court's ruling "empties the court's decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just "close" family members, but virtually all family members".

The decision will permit "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States" to qualify as close family and should be granted entry into the country as exempts from the travel ban, according to CNN.

With this new decision from the federal judge, thousands of travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as refugees seeking asylum in the US, now have a chance to enter the country.

The Trump administration defined the relationships as people who had a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.

Using a line from that original ruling, a US District judge in Hawaii has expanded the criteria for exactly who can enter the country. "By this decision, the district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for the national security judgments of the executive branch in a time of grave threats". "Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members".

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