Appeals court refuses to weigh in on Trump travel ban rules

Appeals court refuses to weigh in on Trump travel ban rules

Appeals court refuses to weigh in on Trump travel ban rules

In a swiftly drafted motion filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the challengers contended that a federal judge in Hawaii was wrong in refusing to put a stop to the new limitations on immigration from six Mideast nations and on immigration of refugees, put into effect three days after the Supreme Court on June 26 gave limited permission to enforce the new policy.

In reaction to the ruling, the Trump administration ordered last week that spouses, parents, children, fiancés and siblings would be exempt from the ban, while grandparents and other family members would be barred. The state of Hawaii wanted a workaround that allowed the categories of people who can bypass the ban to be expanded, so it went to court to make it happen.

The Friday court order is a renewed bid by Hawaiian officials to defy President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslims. "9th-CA-7-7-17.pdf">urged a federal appeals court on Friday to take steps to ensure that more foreign nationals and refugees get to enter the United States in coming weeks and months.

"Every day that passes is a day when our government is turning away human beings - from newborn children to elderly grandparents - whom the injunction requires to be admitted", the state said.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday denied a full-court rehearing of the case of Jameka Evans, who had sued Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, saying she faced discrimination and was effectively forced out of her security guard job because she's a lesbian.

Hawaii appealed Watson's decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The states, led by Hawaii, sought clarification as to what constitutes a significant connection. Lawyers for Hawaii challenged the government's interpretation, arguing that it violated "the Supreme Court's instruction" because it excluded people such as grandparents "with a close familial relationship". When it does so, Hawaii will have to style its motion as a request for injunctive relief, rather than a "clarification" of the Supreme Court's order.

A Justice Department spokesperson told CNN the administration is "confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will again vindicate the President" if Hawaii chooses to bring its claim to the highest court.

Hanadi Al-Haj, right, greets her Yemeni mother Amal Bagoon in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport as her mother arrives from Jordan via Istanbul, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. "Having a distinct circuit split like this, some of the justices will be comfortable letting it percolate a little bit more, and some may want to bring it to resolution sooner".

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