Judge: Grandparents excluded from Trump travel ban

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The federal judge in Hawaii who initially put President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban on hold on Thursday placed limits on the administration's recent rules enforcing a limited version of that ban. After the travel ban was implemented in late June, travelers from six majority Muslim nations had to prove they had "bona fide" relationships with USA citizens in order to bypass the ban and enter the United States.

But the Trump administration decided that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

The decision by Judge Derrick Watson was a victory for opponents of the ban, which the Trump administration says is necessary to keep out terrorists.

Judge Watson, however, disagreed - and ordered that those restrictions should not be enforced. He said that the matter turned on the Supreme Court's use of the term "close family" in a preliminary ruling two weeks ago to determine who should be eligible to enter the country now that the high court has issued a temporary stay on enforcing certain portions of the travel ban block. The Government's definition excludes them.

'Indeed grandparents are the epitome of close family members'.

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I have received incredible love from the fans every single year I have been here, and I'm looking forward to seeing them". There were robots, a lot of hi-tech Formula 1 cars, even Little Mix with a musical performance.but not Lewis Hamilton .

As of early Friday, the Justice Department had not commented on the ruling. It will culminate with arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in October.

The US Supreme Court had allowed part of the ban to go into effect on June 30, putting an end, at least temporarily, to five months of skirmishes in lower courts.

Watson further agreed with Hawaii that a refugee resettlement agency's "formal assurance" to a refugee seeking admission to the U.S. counts as a sufficiently bona fide relationship as well.

The current rules aren't so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen.

It set off massive protests at airports around the country and immediately sparked a sprawling, ongoing legal fight.

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