SCOTUS Allows Relatives, but Not Refugees Under Hawaii’s Travel Ban Ruling


After Hawaii District Court Judge Derrick Watson tried to unravel Trump’s travel ban, the US Government appealed directly to the SCOTUS.  On Wednesday, the Justices ruled that Watson’s expanded list of relatives could remain, but blocked the Hawaii judge’s ruling regarding refugees.

The Supreme Court granted the administration’s request to strictly enforce a ban on refugees from specific countries until an Appeals Court makes a ruling.  Judge Watson had attempted to allow in any refugee that was working with a resettlement agency, in addition to expanding the list of relationships covered by the travel ban.

Fox reported,

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The court’s ruling exempted a large swath of refugees and travelers with a “bona fide relationship” with a person or an entity in the U.S. The justices did not define those relationships but said they could include a close relative, a job offer or admission to a college or university.

Watson’s order added grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to a list that already included a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S. The expanded list of relatives remains in effect.

The ruling today also means that 24,000 more refugees already assigned to a resettlement agency who were set to come in can now not do so at least until another court says they can.

The SCOTUS also refused to clarify the previous ruling that the travel ban could go into effect.

Three of the justices, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas wanted the travel ban enacted in its entirety, but the others bailed on parts. The Supreme court issued such a mixed ruling that both sides are claiming victory.

Then there’s the other side:

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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