Trump asks Supreme Court to block travel ban ruling

18 July, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • US Gov't Court to Block Travel Ban Ruling

The Trump administration on Friday sent a request to the Supreme Court indicating that a Hawaii judge's ruling limiting the scope of the temporary travel ban on refugees requires the "immediate intervention" of the justices, according to documents obtained by Fox News.

In response to a Hawaii federal judge's order last week, the department instructed USA diplomats to consider grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, ?nephews and nieces and first cousins to meet the criteria for applicants from the six countries to receive a US visa.

The justices may ask for the state of Hawaii to respond to the Justice Department's motion before issuing a decision on the latest dispute.

"Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough", Chin said. His order also said the government's exemptions from the ban were too narrow.

The Supreme Court last month said the ban could take effect, but that people with a "bona fide relationship" to a USA person or entity could not be barred.

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

The latest round in the fight over Trump's March 6 executive order, which he says is needed to prevent terrorism attacks, began when the Supreme Court intervened last month to partially revive the two bans, which had been blocked by lower courts. He, along with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the most liberal and overturned court in the land, were reversed when the Supreme Court reinstated the order last month.

Information for this article was contributed by Greg Stohr, Kartikay Mehrotra and Chris Strohm of Bloomberg News and by staff members of The Associated Press.

Trump officials said only parents, children, siblings and engaged couples' relationships qualified as "close" family. Under the rules, applicants from the six countries - Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen - have to prove a bona fide relationship with a person or entity, including a "close familial relationship" in the U.S.to be exempt from the ban.

Tillerson's cable is unclear on another part of Trump's executive order that denies entry to refugees and other immigrants without a "close familial relationship".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a strongly worded statement announcing the appeal on Friday, accused the Hawaii court of having "undermined national security, delayed necessary action, created confusion and violated a proper respect for separation of powers".

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin, who sought the broader definition, said Thursday's ruling "makes clear that the USA government may not ignore the scope of the partial travel ban as it sees fit".

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

Spagat reported from San Diego.

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