Ninth Circuit refuses to weigh in on Trump travel ban rules

Ninth Circuit refuses to weigh in on Trump travel ban rules

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed Hawaii's attempt to challenge the rules created by the Trump administration for its travel ban on citizens from six majority-Muslim countries.

The state had filed a motion asking the 9th Circuit to review the scope of the travel ban after a federal judge declined an emergency motion for clarification.

But on Friday, a three-judge panel said the 9th Circuit does not have jurisdiction to address the issue.

The court also said the federal judge in Hawaii does "possess the ability to interpret to enforce the Supreme Court's order, as well as the authority to enjoin against, for example, a party's violation" of the order on the travel ban.

On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that a portion of the travel ban should be allowed to go into effect, allowing the US to deny visas to certain foreign nationals who lacked a "bona fide" relationship with a person or entity in the country.

Under the Trump administration's rules, bona fide relationships include a parent (including a parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter (including a son-in-law or daughter-in-law) and sibling (including half and step siblings.)

But grandparents, cousins, and other relatives weren't considered bona fide relationships.

That spurred Hawaii to file an emergency injunction in federal court, arguing that the Trump administration had too narrowly defined "bona fide relationship," and was violating the Supreme Court order.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Thursday denied Hawaii's request to clarify who is exempt, saying the question would be better posed to the Supreme Court.

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