9th Cir­cuit tells Hawaii no on travel ban

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — A fed­eral ap­peals court on Fri­day dis­missed Hawaii’s at­tempt to chal­lenge the rules cre­ated by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion for its travel ban on cit­i­zens from six ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim coun­tries.

Hawaii asked the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals for an or­der say­ing the gov­ern­ment could not omit grand­par­ents, aunts and un­cles, and other rel­a­tives of some­one in the U.S. from the list of peo­ple who can still travel to the coun­try.

A three-judge panel said the 9th Cir­cuit does not have ju­ris­dic­tion to ad­dress the is­sue af­ter the state ap­pealed a fed­eral judge’s de­ci­sion to leave the gov­ern­ment’s rules in place.

U.S. District Court Judge Der­rick Wat­son de­nied Hawaii’s re­quest Thurs­day and said the ques­tion would be bet­ter posed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wat­son put Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­vised travel ban on hold in March, and the jus­tices par­tially re­in­stated it last month.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear what Hawaii will do next. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the 9th Cir­cuit for rul­ing so quickly and will com­ply,” state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Doug Chin said in a state­ment.

The jus­tices said the pres­i­dent’s 90-day ban on visi­tors from Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men could be en­forced, pend­ing ar­gu­ments set for Oc­to­ber, if a vis­i­tor lacks a “cred­i­ble claim of a bona fide re­la­tion­ship with a per­son or en­tity in the United States.”

AP/Tele­graph Her­ald/EILEEN MESLAR

Frank Fin­cel (right) sells corn Fri­day to Adam Dodds from his tent in the Tri-State Blind So­ci­ety park­ing lot in Dubuque, Iowa.

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