Supreme Court Considering Trump Request to Impose Travel Ban on Grandchildren

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Last Thursday, the Federal Court in Hawaii broadened the list of those exempted from the limited Muslim Travel Ban that the Supreme Court allowed to go into effect at the end of June. On Friday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to review the judge’s order. The Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii, the plaintiff in this action, to respond to the Trump motion by Tuesday.

The Supreme Court said in June that Trump’s ban could not go into effect to block immigrants from six Muslim countries from entering the United States, but that it might be applied to block non-immigrant visitors to the United States. The Court said that those visitors with a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity are exempt from the ban. The Trump administration issued rules that defined a “bona fide relationship” as not including grandparents and grandchildren. The court in Hawaii ordered that grandparents and grandchildren, as well as uncles and aunts and nieces and nephews be considered people with “bona fide relationships.”

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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