President Donald Trump’s third travel ban goes partially into effect after a three-judge panel of a San Francisco appeals court ruled on Monday, November 14, that the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries, according to Reuters.
This new ruling applies to individuals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad who have no prior connections to the United States.
The panel defined “connections” as family relationships and “formal, documented” relationships with U.S.-based entities such as universities and resettlement agencies. Grandparents, grandchildren, brothers- or sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the U.S. are all among those allowed entry via family relationships.
Two federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland previously blocked this third ban as it related to the six countries affected by this new ruling. The original ban, set forth on September 24 by the Trump administration, also included North Korea and Venezuela; however, the banning of those two countries was not challenged.
Hawaii Attorney General, Douglas Chin, pushed for the inclusion of grandparents in his previous blocks and told Reuters that he is pleased that his request for the inclusion of grandparents – as it relates to family ties to the U.S. – will be respected.
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