Travel Ban Update: Grandparents and others exempt

On July 16th, we wrote about the status of the Travel Ban. In that blog post, we wrote about Hawaii District Court Judge Derrick Watson's ruling exempting the following persons from the Travel Ban:

  • Grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States; and
  • Refugees who have a formal assurance from a resettlement agency in the United States or who are part of the Lautenberg Program

In that post, we also included the Trump administration's response to Judge Watson's ruling, which consisted of an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a motion to the Supreme Court, asking for clarification on the Court's June 26 decision.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an order, letting the first part of Judge Watson's order to stand, while suspending the second part of the order, concerning refugee resettlement, pending resolution of the Trump administration's appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

What's next?
This means that grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States will be exempt from the travel ban, as Judge Watson ruled.

This also means that for an estimated 24,000 refugees from across the world, their resettlement in the United States is now in limbo, pending the Ninth Circuit's decision. 

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