Reuters is reporting that a U.S. appeals court in California has allowed President Donald Trump’s latest “travel ban” a go-ahead.
The court ruled that the government can prevent the entry of potential immigrants from 6 Muslim-majority countries without having any connections to the United States.
A 3-judge panel approved a White House request to block a judge’s ruling that had put the new policy on hold.
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The action means the ban will apply to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad who do not have connections to the United States.
Those connections are defined as family relationships and “formal, documented” relationships with U.S.-based entities such as universities and resettlement agencies.
Those with family relationships that would allow entry include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the United States.
“We are reviewing the court’s order and the government will begin enforcing the travel proclamation consistent with the partial stay. We believe that the proclamation should be allowed to take effect in its entirety,” Justice Department spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam said.
The state of Hawaii, which sued to block the restrictions, argued that federal immigration law did not give Trump the authority to impose them on six of those countries.
The lawsuit did not challenge restrictions toward people from the two other countries listed in Trump’s ban, North Korea and Venezuela.
The so-called “Travel Ban” fight has become a sideshow, but that’s probably because Trump is winning it.