Donald Trump’s travel ban suffered another legal setback as a federal court in Hawaii expanded the approved list exceptions to the travel restrictions from six Muslim-majority countries to include grandparents. The new policy, implemented after last month’s Supreme Court ruling, narrowed the injunction on implementing the executive order to those with “bona fide” connections to the U.S. Grandparents were left off the Trump administration’s policy, prompting the legal challenge.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the ban can’t be enforced against grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins of people in the United States.
Watson, in a 26-page ruling, stated that the government’s definition of “close familial relationship” contradicts the Supreme Court’s, is “unduly restrictive” and “represents the antithesis of common sense” because grandparents “are the epitome of close family members.”
“Had the Supreme Court intended to protect only immediate family members and parents-in-law, surely it could have said so,” Watson wrote. “It did not.”
And so it goes.