Supreme Court rules Trump can’t block grandparents of US citizens under travel ban
The Trump administration cannot block grandparents, cousins and other relatives of U.S. citizens under the travel ban, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, according to Bloomberg.
The 6-3 order was a partial blow and win for President Donald Trump, allowing more relatives to circumvent the ban but blocking a lower court ruling that would require the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the United States, according to the Associated Press.
The Supreme Court ruled in June that Trump could temporarily enforce his travel ban against people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen under the court could hear full arguments in October. But it said the ban did not apply to those who have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
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The court did not specify what counted as a bona fide relationship. The Trump administration defined it as a parent, spouse, fiance, child, sibling, son- or daughter-in-law or a parent-in-law in the country. Officials said grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins or siblings-in-law could still be excluded.
The court rejected those exclusions Wednesday, according to Bloomberg.
This story will be updated.