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Hawaii Continues to Fight Feds on Travel Ban Details

14 July 2017

The federal judge in Hawaii who initially put President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban on hold on Thursday placed limits on the administration's recent rules enforcing a limited version of that ban. Watson on Thursday, July 13, 2017, expanded the list of family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six mostly Muslim countries to avoid President Donald Trump's travel ban.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in March stalled enforcement of the travel ban - which restricted immigration from six Muslim-majority nations - but he declined to clarify his ruling last week.

Chin had asked Watson for an injunction allowing grandparents and other family members to travel to the United States.

The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly.

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But the Trump administration decided that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Rosenberg also elaborated on the Trump administration's definition of "close family", leaning on a formulation in the Immigration and Nationality Act that focuses on the children, spouses and parents of USA citizens or permanent residents.

Mr Trump's ban on travel to the USA for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been controversial since its announcement.

Watson also placed additional restrictions on which potential refugees can be excluded under the order.

The Trump administration defined "bona fide" relationship as those who had a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.

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Watson further agreed with Hawaii that a refugee resettlement agency's "formal assurance" to a refugee seeking admission to the U.S. counts as a sufficiently bona fide relationship as well.

"Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough", Chin said in a statement.

Courts blocked that first ban as well as a second the Trump administration had retooled, until the Supreme Court partially reinstated it at the end of June.

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Hawaii Continues to Fight Feds on Travel Ban Details