On Monday, the Department of Justice requested of a federal judge in Hawaii that they deny the state’s request for a clarification on President Trump’s executive order on a temporary travel ban, saying that any attempt to somehow restrict the travel ban should be considered by the Supreme Court.
With the new travel ban, visa applications for six countries are requested to confirm a “bona fide” family relationship with another person in the United States. The state of Hawaii claims that the White House has defined a close relative too vaguely.
The order clearly says that a close family member includes a parent, spouse, child, adult, son, daughter, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law, or a sibling, and other members including fiances, cousins, and grandparents, will not be taken into consideration.
The Justice Department criticized Hawaii’s effort to impede the travel ban, submitting a response that said the White House’s definition of “close family member” was in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act. The filing also read:
“Plaintiffs attempt to create a dispute where there is none.”
Or, in other words, the travel ban will hopefully not be further obstructed in its enforcement.
At the moment, the travel ban enables people who hold visas and green cards to freely enter the United States, but it forbids entrance for people without close family relatives from nations including Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Lybia for a period of 90 days and bans all refugees from getting in the U.S. for a period of 120 days.
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