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Hawaii: Grandparents Are Exempt From Trump Travel Ban

The ruling also includes some refugees


Hawaii U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has ruled that the Trump travel ban can’t stop certain family members from coming to the United States.

Hawaii: Grandparents Are Exempt From Trump Travel BanThe federal judge from Hawaii has expanded the list of family members that can bypass the Trump travel ban. They are as follows.

  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren
  • Brothers-in-law
  • Sisters-in-law
  • Aunts
  • Uncles
  • Nieces
  • Nephews
  • Cousins

The Hawaii judge says that “common sense” is a deciding factor of what counts as close family and that grandparents easily fall into this category. Watson is the same judge that blocked the revised Trump travel ban in March. He was asked by the state to rule on what counts as “close family.”

The Trump travel ban makes it so that people from six countries are unable to come to the United States. These countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However, this doesn’t include everyone, such as close family members, reports Fox News.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson didn’t just weigh in on close family members coming to the United States. He also said that the Trump travel ban can’t stop refugees that have connections with resettlement agencies from entering the country. The new rules will have to be confirmed by the Justice Department.

“Now grandparents and grandchildren who are refugees can be reunited with close family in the U.S., and U.S. communities can welcome those refugees for whom they have been waiting,” Mark Hetfield, President and Chief Executive of refugee resettlement agency HIAS, told The New York Times.

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