The Trump administration tried to argue that grandparents, nieces, nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law were not bonafide “family” relationships. It was just another attempt to increase the number of people banned by Trump’s travel ban that was finally allowed to go into temporary effect by the Supreme Court, until the court issues a final ruling on the president’s executive order in the fall.

Last night, a federal judge, Derrick K. Watson, ruled that the administration was misinterpreting the Supreme Court’s order and told them to “fix it.”

According to Vox,

Thanks to the court’s ruling, someone from one of the six blacklisted countries with a grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin, brother-in-law or sister-in-law in the US will now be able to apply for a visa to come here before the 90-day ban expires in late September. People with parents, parents-in-law, spouses, fiancés, children (including adult children), sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings, half-siblings, or step-family members in the US were already exempted from the travel ban under the government’s rules.

Watson’s ruling also allows for refugees to enter the U.S. The administration will likely take the issue back to court, but for now, this is a big win for those who are fighting to keep America’s doors open, despite the administration’s discriminatory Muslim ban.

Read more at Vox


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