3rd travel ban goes into ef­fect — at least for now

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

A fed­eral ap­peals court panel on Mon­day al­lowed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s third travel ban to par­tially take ef­fect, de­cid­ing that the gov­ern­ment — at least for now — can keep out peo­ple tar­geted by the mea­sure who have no bona fide ties to the United States.

In a brief order, a three­judge panel from the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals, based in San Fran­cisco, tem­po­rar­ily put on hold part of a lower judge’s rul­ing that had nearly com­pletely blocked the gov­ern­ment from en­forc­ing its ban.

The judges said that the gov­ern­ment could im­ple­ment the ban, ex­cept on “for­eign na­tion­als who have a cred­i­ble claim of a bona fide re­la­tion­ship with a per­son or en­tity in the United States.” They said such peo­ple in­clude grand­par­ents, grand­chil­dren, broth­ers-in-law, sis­ters-in­law, aunts, un­cles, nieces, neph­ews and cousins of peo­ple in the United States.

Tyler Q. Houl­ton, a Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity spokesman, said of­fi­cials were re­view­ing the court order and “look­ing to op­er­a­tional­ize the rul­ing, con­sis­tent with all ap­pli­ca­ble court or­ders, and pro­vide guid­ance to the field.” State Depart­ment and Jus­tice Depart­ment spokes­peo­ple said they would com­ment later.

Hawaii At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dou­glas Chin, who had sued over the ban on be­half of his state, said in a state­ment: “Today’s de­ci­sion ... closely tracks guid­ance pre­vi­ously is­sued by the Supreme Court. I’m pleased that fam­ily ties to the U.S., in­clud­ing grand­par­ents, will be re­spected.”

The third ver­sion of Trump’s travel ban had been set to take ef­fect last month and would have barred var­i­ous types of trav­el­ers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Ye­men, Chad, So­ma­lia, North Korea and Venezuela. But be­fore it could be im­ple­mented, two fed­eral judges ruled against the mea­sure.

A fed­eral judge in Hawaii had blocked the gov­ern­ment from im­ple­ment­ing the mea­sure al­most com­pletely, though he said it could be en­forced on peo­ple from North Korea and Venezuela. A fed­eral judge in Mary­land is­sued a less com­plete halt.

The gov­ern­ment ap­pealed in both cases, and oral ar­gu­ments are set for next month.

The rul­ing from the 9th Cir­cuit does not af­fect that sched­ule but rather al­lows the gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the mea­sure at least par­tially, on peo­ple with­out any U.S. ties, un­til then.

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