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A July 14 memo updated the definition of “close family” that are exempt from the Muslim ban laid down in President Trump’s March 6 executive order.
Ruling says Muslim ban cannot block grandparents and other relatives of U.S. citizens from entering the United States.
The government said after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that a “bona fide relationship” meant close family members only, such as parents, spouses, fiancés, siblings and children.
The highest court let the ban go forward with a limited scope, saying that it cannot apply to anyone with credible “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity.
The Supreme Court ruling exempted travelers and refugees who have a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States.
While the court said it would exempt travelers from the ban who have “bona fide relationships” with Americans, the ruling did not specify exactly what that means.
Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours, based on a memorandum issued by the Trump administration on June 14.
The Supreme Court could now act at any time.
If the case was moot, the Supreme Court would have no reason to rule on it and lower court rulings against the administration would remain in place.
The nation’s top court, which leans conservative after the confirmation of Trump’s appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch, could act as soon as this week on his administration’s request to reinstate the order.
The three-judge panel did not address whether it was unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims.
President Trump has been publicly lashing out at his own Justice Department, an unprecedented move for a president.
Last week the Trump administration rolled out new policies for those seeking a U.S. visa, asking for the social media handles they have used over the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years.
The nine justices are set to weigh whether Trump’s harsh election campaign rhetoric can be used as evidence that the order was intended to discriminate against Muslims.
The fate of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban may soon be in the hands of the conservative-majority Supreme Court.
In 2015, at least 35 percent of graduate students at U.S. universities granting graduate degrees in science, engineering and health were foreigners, according to the National Science Foundation.
A reasonable person would see Trump’s statements as evidence of discriminatory intent, one attorney said.
Judge Robert King, named by Democratic former President Bill Clinton, said that Trump has never retracted previous comments about wanting to impose a ban on Muslims.
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, representing the challengers, said in court papers that Trump’s comments before the election cannot be ignored.
Immigration lawyers said that although the travel bans have been halted by courts for now, the administration’s vow to put stricter controls on immigration is likely to have changed how U.S. consulates evaluate visa applicants.
Sixteen Democratic state attorneys general and D.C. are now backing Hawaii in its bid to block the Muslim ban.
The suits are an attempt to enforce requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban.
The ACLU said the guidance “amounts to an unconstitutional amendment of existing law.”