It has been a ‘mixed day’ today for the immigrants and refugees arriving in the US as the refugee program of the US will not be suspended until 12 July 2017. On the other hand, a federal judge in Hawaii refused to hear an urgent motion regarding travel ban for immigrants from six Muslim nations.
The US State Department has said that the Refugee admissions program of the US will not be put on hold until next week. It has also asked the US resettlement agencies to accept refugees until next week, as quoted by the New Indian Express.
This is a big relief for the immigrants and refugees arriving in the US. The US State Department clarified that till the current fiscal year’s cap of 50,000 refugees is reached, they will be accepted until July 12.
Once the cap limit is reached, only those immigrants and refugees who possess a close affinity with an entity or individual in the US will be accepted into the US. As of today, 49, 501 refugees have been accepted for the fiscal year 2017.
Meanwhile, Derrick Watson the District Court Judge in the US refused to hear an urgent motion filed by Hawaii. The motion had asked to clarify the definition of ‘bona fide’ relationship implied by the verdict of the US Supreme Court.
The US Supreme Court had permitted for partial enforcement of the travel ban. Immigrants with a genuine relationship with an individual or entity in the US would be allowed to arrive at the US.
Judge Watson said that the US Supreme Court was the appropriate authority to define the relationship clause. Attorney General of Hawaii Doug Chin opposed the definition of relationship by US administration. It had omitted uncles, aunts, and grandparents from the eligible individuals under the relationship clause.
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