The Department of Justice just delivered a beat down to the state of Hawaii, which had been challenging the newly re-instated travel ban. The ban went into effect Thursday after months of legal challenges.
The new ban required visa applicants from six designated countries to prove a “bona fide” familiar relationship with someone in America. Hawaii is arguing that the White House has defined a close family member too narrowly.
The definition is a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling. Other relations, such as grandparents, finances, or cousins, would not be counted.
The Department of Justice slammed Hawaii’s attempted obstruction. Filing a response stating the White House’s definition of “close family member” is in line with the Immigration and Nationality Act. The filing also said pointedly:
“Plaintiffs attempt to create a dispute where there is none.”
This means we are DONE with obstruction over this ban.
The ban allows for current visa and green card holders to enter the country unimpeded. However, it prevents travel for nationals without close familial ties with Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days and suspends all refugees from entering the country for 120 days.
(h/t The Hill, the Guardian)