Court ap­proves part of Trump’s lat­est travel ban, ex­empts those with US ties

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Los An­ge­les, US - A US ap­peals court al­lowed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to pro­ceed with part of the lat­est ver­sion of his travel ban on Mon­day, but it cre­ated an ex­emp­tion for for­eign­ers with Amer­i­can ties.

The rul­ing by the Ninth US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in San Fran­cisco bars cit­i­zens of six Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries who do not have a ‘bona fide’ re­la­tion­ship with a per­son or en­tity al­ready in the US.

The White House is­sued a new ex­ec­u­tive or­der in Septem­ber to re­place an ex­pir­ing 90-day tem­po­rary ban on trav­ellers from Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Sudan, Syria and Ye­men.

Sudan was re­moved, and Chad, North Korea and Venezuela added, but ac­tivists and le­gal ex­perts say Trump’s in- tent re­mains to sharply curb the in­flow of Mus­lim vis­i­tors and im­mi­grants.

Fed­eral Judge Der­rick Wat­son in Hawaii blocked the ban for the six mainly Mus­lim coun­tries, an­nounced hours be­fore it was due to come into ef­fect.

But the US gov­ern­ment ap­pealed, say­ing the rul­ings un­der­mined Trump’s ef­forts to fight ter­ror­ism, and the San Fran­cisco court agreed to stay those de­ci­sions.

Visa ap­pli­cants with rel­a­tives in the US as well as those with jobs, busi­ness ties or con­nec­tions to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions are ex­cepted un­der the lat­est rul­ing. The de­ci­sion spells out the ‘close fam­ily re­la­tion­ship’ ex­cep­tion to in­clude grand­par­ents, grand­chil­dren, broth­ers-in-law, sis­ters-in-law, aunts, un­cles, nieces, neph­ews and cousins.

The panel of three judges did not of­fer a ra­tio­nale for the de­ci­sion, but the rul­ing cites an in­terim or­der the Supreme Court is­sued in June on the ear­lier ver­sion of the ban.

The Ninth Cir­cuit court will hear ar­gu­ments on De­cem­ber 6 on whether to keep or per­ma­nently over­turn Wat­son’s stay.

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