Appeals Court Denies Hawaii's Request to Limit Travel Ban Rules - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

The latest news on President Donald Trump's presidency

Appeals Court Denies Hawaii's Request to Limit Travel Ban Rules

"Every day that passes is a day when our government is turning away human beings — from newborn children to elderly grandparents — whom the injunction requires to be admitted," attorneys for Hawaii said in their filing

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect Thursday

    President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, a tightening of already-tough visa rules affecting citizens and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries, will go into effect Thursday evening. The ACLU is criticizing the Trump administration for pushing on with the ban, citing the chaos that erupted in airports nationwide the first time the ban went into effect. (Published Thursday, June 29, 2017)

    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 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 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.

    'Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Lies on Family Separation

    [NATL] 'Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Lies on Family Separation

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump attacking the Russia investigation while lying about his administration's cruel policy of separating families at the border.

    (Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

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

    "Every day that passes is a day when our government is turning away human beings — from newborn children to elderly grandparents — whom the injunction requires to be admitted," attorneys for Hawaii said in their filing with the 9th Circuit.

    The state attorney general's office said it was still reviewing the 9th Circuit's decision.

    The Supreme Court 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."

    The court's majority said a close family relationship in the U.S. was required to enter the country and a spouse or mother-in-law would clearly be permitted.

    The Trump administration has said the exemption would apply to parents, spouses, sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, fiances or siblings.

    DHS Secretary Defends Practice of Separating Families at Border

    [NATL] DHS Secretary Defends Practice of Separating Families at Border

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that her department is merely following laws. Speaking at a White House briefing Monday, Nielsen said the issue has been growing for years, the product of loopholes that have created an open border.

    (Published Monday, June 18, 2018)

    A U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman said the agency declined to comment on the 9th Circuit's decision.

    The department said in a court filing that its list of people exempt from the ban "hews closely" to categories defined by Congress.

    The Trump administration says the travel ban is necessary to keep Americans safe until it can review the vetting process for refugees and others.