Friday, July 14, 2017

District Court Broadens Those Still Allowed Entry Under Trump's Travel Ban [UPDATED]

In State of Hawai'i v. Trump, (D HI, July 13, 2017), a Hawaii federal district court held that the government has too narrowly interpreted the U.S. Supreme Court's order that precludes enforcement of President Trump's second travel ban executive order against foreign nationals who have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.  The district court held that qualifying close familial relationships include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States.  It also held that a refugee seeking entry has a bona fide relationship with a U.S. entity when a resettlement agency has given the refugee assurance that it will provide, or arrange for, reception and placement services to that refugee.  A similar relationship exists for those in the Lautenberg Program for refugee admissions. New York Times reports on the decision.

UPDATE:  As reported by SCOTUSblog, on July 14, the Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court to clarify that the district court's decision is an incorrect interpretation of the Supreme Court's order.  The Supreme Court ordered plaintiffs in the case to file a response to the government's motion for clarification by noon on July 18.