The Trump administration late Friday appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal judge in Hawaii ordered to expand the list of U.S. family relationships that refugees and visitors from six Muslim-majority countries can use to get into the country, including grandparents and grandchildren.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s decision on President Trump’s travel ban has reopened a window for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States.
In its appeal, the U.S. Justice Department said Watson’s interpretation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on what family relationships qualify refugees and visitors from the six Muslim-majority countries to enter the U.S. “empties the court’s decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just ‘close’ family members, but virtually all family members. Treating all of these relationships as ‘close familial relationship(s)’ reads the term ‘close’ out of the Court’s decision.”
“Only this Court can definitively settle whether the government’s reasonable implementation is consistent with this Court’s stay,” the Justice Department said. (Read more from “Trump Administration Appeals Hawaii Court Ruling on Travel Ban” HERE)