In a ruling that clarifies the legalities involving refugees entering the United States, President Donald Trump’s travel ban has taken another hit. As reported in The Hill:
‘A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday that the Trump administration’s travel ban could not deny grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family members an exemption to travel into the United States.’
In an earlier injunction from a district court ruling, it was determined that the specifications in “President Trump’s executive order on travel had too narrow a view of exceptions to rules the Supreme Court made back in June.” The ruling made today upholds that injunction.
In layman’s terms, the travel ban was a blanket that banned everyone. The court ruling specifies that the ban cannot legally cover those people with “bona fide” connections to the United States:
‘As the district court correctly identified, a refugee is covered by the preliminary injunction, as modified by the Supreme Court’s stay order, if the refugee has a bona fide relationship with an entity in the United States, meaning a relationship that is formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course rather than to evade the Executive Order.’
A bona fide connection is defined as a direct relative — grandparent, uncle, aunt, mother, father, sibling, and in-laws. The travel ban, as written would have denied them entry to the U.S. The injunction ruled that their acceptance to the U.S. could not be restricted.
This, like every other time a judicial entity has told him “No,” will undoubtedly enrage Trump. It seems that everything he has attempted to do to fulfill his long list of insane campaign promises is being stepped on by legalities. The travel ban will be joining a series of other failed attempts to circumvent the constitution and other American laws.
Oh well… back to the drawing board!
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