Trump travel ban has been given a blow by the Federal Court in California that passed a verdict that some of the immigrants must be permitted to arrive at the US. This is the latest legal setback for Trump travel ban ever since it was first announced in January 2017. It was declared with very short notice and was largely condemned as biased against Muslims.
San Francisco based Ninth Circuit of Appeals of US upheld the verdict that was passed by a Hawaii court. The US administration had appealed against this verdict.
The latest ruling of the US Federal Court for Trump travel ban says that the ban must exclude immigrants who have the official assurance of a US agency. The agency must ensure to receive these immigrants and take care of their placement services, ruled the court.
The verdict of the federal court could clear the way for the arrival of 24,000 immigrants to the US who had already received clearances for their arrival to the US. The panel of three judges of the San Francisco bench also confirmed that the travel ban was not applicable to close family members including grandparents. This was in conformity with the US Supreme Court verdict for the travel ban pertaining to immigrants from six Muslim majority nations seeking to arrive at the US.
The US Supreme Court in its verdict in June had ruled that the travel ban could be broadly enforced for visitors from 6 Muslim majority nations. It was enforceable for immigrants from these nations who lacked any genuine association with an individual or entity in the US.
After some days, US administration interpreted that this means only close family was exempted, as quoted by the Indian Express. This was defined to include spouses, parents, children, daughters and son-in-laws, siblings, half-and step-siblings of individuals in the US.
The Federal Court in California ruled that the US administration failed to offer a convincing explanation as to why mother-in-law only is a bonafide relationship in the US. The US administration had said that cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, grandchild, and grandparent do not come under the purview of bonafide relationship.
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