Hawaii judge expands exemptions from travel ban

Dhaka,  Fri,  28 July 2017
Published : 14 Jul 2017, 19:25:53
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Hawaii judge expands exemptions from travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday expanded the list of “bona fide” family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six majority Muslim countries to avoid President Trump’s travel ban.

US District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the US not to enforce the travel ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the US, reports Fox News.

"Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents," Watson said in his ruling. "Indeed grandparents are the epitome of close family members."

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin applauded the ruling late Thursday, saying the court makes it clear that the administration “may not ignore the scope of the partial travel ban as it sees fit.”

"Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough,” he said.

The travel ban affects those trying to enter the US from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen.

Last month, the Supreme Court exempted visa applicants from the ban if they could prove a “bona fide” relationship with a US citizen or entity. 

The White House had previously said the ban would not apply to citizens of six countries with a parent, spouse, fiancé, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling already in the US.

Hawaii said grandparents, uncles and aunts and other close relatives should also be exempted. The state asked Watson, who blocked the president's revised travel ban in March, to clarify that those family members are also exempt from the ban.

 
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