Travel-ban ap­peal goes to high court

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was contributed by Greg Stohr, Kar­tikay Mehro­tra and Chris Strohm of Bloomberg News and by staff mem­bers of The Associated Press.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has taken the dis­pute over his tem­po­rary travel ban to the Supreme Court again, ask­ing jus­tices to let the gov­ern­ment bar en­try into the U.S. for peo­ple who cite rel­a­tives such as grand­par­ents and cousins as “bona fide re­la­tion­ships” in the coun­try.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment fur­ther­more asked the 9th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals on Satur­day to put a hold on a judge’s rul­ing last week that ex­pands the list of fam­ily re­la­tion­ships that refugees and vis­i­tors from six Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries can use to get into the coun­try.

The Supreme Court told the side chal­leng­ing the travel ban to file a re­sponse to that re­quest by Tues­day.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion filed pa­pers late Fri­day ask­ing jus­tices to clar­ify a June 26 de­ci­sion that said the gov­ern­ment had to ad­mit at least some close rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing spouses and par­ents-in-law.

On Thurs­day, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Der­rick Wat­son in Hawaii or­dered the gov­ern­ment to al­low in refugees for­mally work­ing with a re­set­tle­ment agency in the United States. His or­der also said the gov­ern­ment’s ex­emp­tions from the ban were too nar­row.

In an­nounc­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion would im­me­di­ately take the mat­ter to the Supreme Court, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions said in a statement Fri­day, “Once again, we are faced with a sit­u­a­tion in which a sin­gle fed­eral dis­trict court has un­der­taken by a na­tion­wide in­junc­tion to mi­cro­man­age de­ci­sions of the co-equal ex­ec­u­tive branch re­lated to our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

The fil­ing Fri­day in the ap­peal said the judge’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Supreme Court’s rul­ing “emp­ties the court’s de­ci­sion of mean­ing, as it en­com­passes not just ‘close’ fam­ily mem­bers, but vir­tu­ally all fam­ily mem­bers.”

The Jus­tice Depart­ment is seek­ing the stay with the ap­peals court while the Supreme Court con­sid­ers the ap­peal of Wat­son’s rul­ing. The two fil­ings over­lap, and the ap­peals court could de­fer ac­tion un­til it sees what the Supreme Court does.

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