A Hawaiian Court took the decision that confronted directly one of President Donald Trump’s bills. The federal judge issued a ruling according to which all grandparents are outside the reach of the newly instated travel ban. This executive order prohibits members of six Muslim-majority nations to enter the territory of the United States.
Hawaiian Judge Views Grandparents as the Epitome of an Ideal Family
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled in favor of extending the federal government’s list of exceptions from the Foreign Entry law. The new entries in this document concern grandparents, uncles, grandchildren, aunts, and other close relatives of U.S. citizens. Another added category includes those refugees who received a formal guarantee from agencies that they would enter America.
Watson’s ruling contained a direct remark at how the government described the community of a close family. His words dismissed this definition which“represents the antithesis of common sense.” The judge was astounded that the government chose to exclude grandparents from the foundation of a family. To his view, the elders are actually the embodiment of the symbol of an ideal family.
“Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members. The Government’s definition excludes them.”
This ruling represents another hit to Trump travel ban. District Judge Watson has been numerous times the target of Trump’s criticism due to his unpopular decisions. However, he did it again by defying government’s view of a traditional family.
Trump Travel Ban Considered only Few Family Members as Exceptions
Last month, the Supreme Court endorsed the travel restrictions, yet with some exceptions. The Court gave clearance to any person that has “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship” with anyone in the United States.
Trump administration honored this ruling by allowing parents, spouses, children, parents-in-law, fiancés, siblings, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law to those in the country to get past the customs. However, this list of exemptions excluded grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, nieces, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and grandparents.
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