Hawaii District Court Judge Narrows Trump's Travel Ban

Hawaii District Court Judge Narrows Trump's Travel Ban

In a recent U.S. District Court decision, Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu placed limitations on the Trump administration’s temporary ban on immigrants from six foreign countries largely populated by Muslims. Watson ruled that the travel ban cannot prevent grandparents and other relatives of U.S. citizens from entering the country. This ruling is a new defeat for Trump’s ban, which has been the subject of lawsuits nationwide that have been appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court previously allowed the travel ban to go into effect, but ruled that the ban could not prevent anyone with a “bona fide relationship” to a U.S. citizen from entering the U.S. The Trump administration promptly interpreted that phrase to include only immediate family members, such as spouses, parents, siblings, and fiancés, and to exclude other relatives, such as grandparents. Watson promptly overturned this administration policy, ruling that grandparents and other such relatives also fall within the definition of “bona fide relationship.” The decision also defined the term to include refugees working with resettlement agencies in order to settle in the U.S., thus opening the way for continued refugee resettlements throughout the U.S. The International Refugee Assistance Project estimates that this U.S. District Court decision will result in about 24,000 refugees becoming free to enter the U.S. Nonetheless, Watson did not grant all of the relief requested by the state of Hawaii. He declined to exempt all Iraqi refugee applicants who worked for the U.S. government since March, 2003, as translators and interpreters. Likewise, Watson refused to make an exception to the ban for all participants in a refugee program designed to assist certain at-risk children in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Whether the travel ban has impacted your situation or not, detention may be a significant possibility for you or your loved ones. If ICE has detained a family member or loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.
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