Trump will ask SC to overturn new travel-ban ruling

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

Under the Trump administration guidelines, spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, fiances and siblings of those already in the country can be admitted. "That's what the district court correctly found and the attorney general's misleading attacks on its decision can't change that fact".

The Justice Department filed briefs late Friday night with the Supreme Court, which gave travel ban opponents until noon Tuesday to file their own response. The DOJ has also asked the Supreme Court to clarify that original ruling.

In a court filing, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday's decision by a US district judge in Hawaii, which limited the scope of the administration's temporary ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

The judge unilaterally made a decision to expand the interpretation to include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and siblings-in-law.

"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, defying both the lawful prerogatives of the executive branch and the directive of the Supreme Court", Sessions Said.

"The district court's interpretation of this Court's. ruling distorts this Court's decision and upends the equitable balance this Court struck", lawyers said in the motion. "Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members".

Watson's ruling could help more than 24,000 refugees already vetted and approved by the United States but barred by the 120-day freeze on refugee admissions, said Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, a resettlement agency.

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"Judge Watson's order does not limit this relationship to first or even second cousins", he wrote in an online analysis.

Hawaii has been challenging Trump's Administration in the way that it interpreted the ruling of the Supreme Court.

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge's order directly to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court allowed a scaled-back version of the travel ban to take effect last month.

The travel ban policy was issued on June 26 by the Supreme Court, but exempted travelers with rightful ties to an entity or an individual in the U.S. While the Supreme Court issued the order, it didn't specify the set of people that fall into the category that is exempted.

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