Appeals Court Rules Relatives and Refugees Allowed Despite Travel Ban


For those worried about family—grandparents, cousins, and close relations—Trump’s travel ban just got a little less frightening.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court rejected the view of who should be allowed into the United States under the president’s travel ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, not only determined that close relations should be permitted to enter the country, but that refugees who are accepted by a resettlement agency should be allowed to come as well.

Whereas rulings for most appeals would not take effect for 52 days at a minimum, the urgent impact of this nature requires a faster period of efficacy—in this case, five days.

The Justice Department has already said it will appeal this ruling. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria could be enforced, pending the results of arguments slated for October. This ruling could potentially override the Court of Appeals’ decision.

The decision boils down to the definition of a bona fide relationship. In the eyes of the administration, a bona fide relationship means only immediate family and in-laws.

A judge in Hawaii also overruled that classification to include other close relatives, as well as a ban on refugees.

In the face of the administration’s determination to keep close relatives and vetted refugees out of the U.S., Attorney General Douglas Chin said, “We will keep fighting back.”

Source: MSN/Associated Press

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