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. The Justices today 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.
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.
— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) July 19, 2017
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.
BREAKING: Supreme Court tells Hawaii Judge Derrick Watson to go to hell and says Trump can enforce his Travel Ban! https://t.co/H8vkz5DVeM
— Newt-Trump Fan Club (@NewtTrump) July 19, 2017
— Tim Gradous (@tgradous) July 19, 2017
Then there’s the other side:
— Carolyn Glenn (@59carjacgln) July 19, 2017
— #Resist (@ZaibatsuNews) July 19, 2017
It was a mixed ruling. It exempted grandparents and grandchildren from the ban, but blocked more refugees temporarily. As usual, the security of the United States is still hanging, waiting for some common sense. Something clearly lacking when it comes to the liberal response to anything created by President Donald J. Trump.