Appeals court lets Trump travel ban go partially into effect

People protest against US President Donald Trump's travel ban in Honolulu

People protest against US President Donald Trump's travel ban in Honolulu

According to NPR, the ruling will still allow people, including "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins", to travel to the USA from affected countries.

The three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco defined connections as family relations and "formal, documented" relationships with US-based entities such as universities and resettlement agencies. She added that the administration, which continues to appeal the lower court's ruling, believes that the ban "should be allowed to take effect in its entirety", regardless of whether someone has a tie to the US.

This ban will be applicable to the people from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad and Somalia who literally have no connections with the United States of America.

Ruling on the injunction issued by the District Court in Hawaii that temporarily blocked the enforcement of the new ban, the Ninth Circuit determined that the travel ban could go into effect for now, except with regard to people with a "bona fide relationship" with close family or with an entity in the US, such as an employer or a university.

The state of Hawaii, which sued to block the restrictions, argued that federal immigration law did not give Trump the authority to impose them on six of those countries. The ruling on November 13 upholds the part of Trump's September 24 order which bars entry by people from Iran and the other countries if they do not have close connections in the United States.

In a statement, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin said, "Today's decision today closely tracks guidance previously issued by the Supreme Court". "I'm pleased that family ties to the USA, including grandparents, will be respected". As a candidate, Trump had promised "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".

There is a parallel case winding through the federal court in Maryland where a judge also blocked Trump's travel ban in mid-October.

The Maryland case is due to be argued before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on December 8. "We continue to prepare for substantive arguments before the 9 Circuit on December 6 in Seattle".

As a companion measure to his travel ban, which applies to those seeking to move to or visit the U.S., Trump last month also announced a new policy on admitting refugees as his previous 120-day refugee ban ended. The Maryland case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents several advocacy groups, including the International Refugee Assistance Project.

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