Trump’s Grandma Ban Is No More for Now

A federal judge in Hawaii stepped in on Thursday night to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its irrational interpretation of the Supreme Court’s order that allowed a limited part of the ban on individuals from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect.

Judge Derrick Watson rejected the government’s effort to prevent grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, and other close relatives of people in the United States from entering the country, describing the administration’s cramped view as the “antithesis of common sense.” He also directed the government to honor what has been clear from the day the Supreme Court issued its order: that thousands of refugees already have a bona fide relationship with U.S.-based resettlement organizations. This ruling will make an enormous practical difference for tens of thousands of families.

Two federal appeals courts have found that large portions of the current ban on refugees and nationals of six Muslim countries — “Muslim Ban 2.0” — were illegal. In the case brought by the ACLU and its partners, the Fourth Circuit concluded that the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” On June 26, the Supreme Court granted review of both cases and will hold oral arguments in the fall. We remain confident that the justices will ultimately conclude that any version of the Muslim ban violates our fundamental values.

For now, Judge Watson’s sensible ruling properly tracks the Supreme Court’s strict limitations on the temporary ban before a final ruling is made on its constitutionality. The justices said that it could apply only to those who have “no connection to the United States at all” and could not bar anyone who can “credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

But the Trump administration disregarded the limits imposed by the Supreme Court’s ruling. The court specifically noted that a wife or mother-in-law would “clearly” qualify as a close family member. Yet the administration insisted against all reason that other similarly close relationships — a grandparent or aunt, for example — would not qualify. Judge Watson repudiated the government’s bizarre and arbitrary position, pointing out that “grandparents are the epitome of close family members.”

The government’s position on refugee resettlement agencies was no better. The Supreme Court said that the ban cannot be imposed on anyone who has a bona fide relationship with a U.S. entity. The court also explained that such a relationship is “formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban. Yet the Trump administration arbitrarily said that some relationships with organizations do not count — specifically relationships with organizations that are preparing to resettle a particular individual or family in the United States. Judge Watson also rejected this made-up exception. These agencies have formal and documented relationships with the refugees for whom they rent apartments, arrange medical care, and prepare other services. As Judge Watson explained: “Bona fide does not get any more bona fide than that.”

The government has decided to appeal Thursday’s ruling and said it will take the issue directly to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the government has apparently taken the first steps toward imposing a possible indefinite ban against people from these or other countries. It is doing a “worldwide review” of which countries do not, in its view, provide sufficient information to screen their nationals for visas and other immigration documents. Under the terms of President Trump’s order, that “review” may end up in a permanent ban against these six, or perhaps other, countries.

For the moment, however, common sense has prevailed — at least for those with grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law subject to the travel ban.

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Bad Grandma

أنا جدتي تؤمن بالداعش وستصبح انتحاريا إذا سمح لي بالدخول إلى الولايات المتحدة. أعتقد أن الله أعطاني الحق ديفين لقتل الآخرين الذين لا يتفقون معي. وأعتقد في الشريعة، وأرفع أبنائي لقتل الكفار. هل ما زلت تريد أن تسمح لي؟

Still want to let me in?

Anonymous

Why would you say something like this in Arabic?
"Our grandmother believes in da'ash and will become a suicide if I am allowed to enter the United States. I think God gave me the right Devine to kill others who do not agree with me. I believe in the Sharia, and raise my children to kill infidels. Do you still want to let me?"

Anonymous

This kind of stuff isn't funny. It will only encourage the bigoted behaviour of Trump and his base.

Anonymous

This person is clearly not a native Arabic speaker. It's a really bad translation that probably stems from google translate or another online translation service. You think you're slick, boy, but you can't translate languages literally.

Anonymous

It could be a Russian troll. They love the ACLU!

Allah Akbar!

Bad Grandpa

Oh don't worry, that's my ISIS bride. I bought her in Mosul before the Ba'ath party general came. She hates anything not Islamic. She's just pissed because I beat her and rape her in the butthole. I also bought a teenage boy to rape, as is custom in Islam. We "teach" those young boys well, then give them tea.

Go Allah!

Anonymous

You should deport all Muslims and non-Whites out of the country.
Reduce the US population to 210 (m) Whites only.

Let me know how long you last as a country or let alone as a Superpower.

The only thing the U.S. has to offer to compete with rival powers is "inclusive, democracy, diversity, and human rights."
Take that away and you are left with nothing to offer to the world.

+1.5 (b) Islamic World
+1.5 (b) China
+1 (b) Africa
= 4 (b) makes the biggest economic and military power in the world.

You can add Russia in there as well because despite being white they are orthodox and on whipping end of Protestants for centuries. They are going to you. They are going to stand with China while you embark on your holly racial crusade against the Islamic world. Go for it, it's the fastest way you can wipe yourself off the face of the Earth.

The world belongs to China, and you are stupid enough to make it easy for them. Keep it up stupid.

Bonafide

I'm Jeffery Sessions and I love that bonafide chicken and watermelon. I never told my daddy Beauregard, but I live that nigger chicken and melon. Sorry I called you boy, I just meant nigger.

K. Rodriguez

This was a really great article. As a card-carrying member, thank you for the hard work you guys do.

Ban

Extend the ban to Slovakia and deport Melania Trump! She is married to the worlds most notorious real estate terrorist.

We also extend the ban to anyone from a country that doesn't believe in showering. Throughout my extensive travels around the world, most recently Europe, I have been forced to smell nasty people from countries that don't use deodorant.

Not racist but it does seem that most of these smelly people are from the Middle East and west Asia, including India. I mean really, these people stink like the underarm of Tom Brady after the Super Bowl. What the hell? And don't tell me it's the curry or other spices, I eat these and don't smell like someone took a shit on me.

I mean really people, just because it's hot in your country and you haven't discovered air conditioning yet, doesn't mean you have to stink your ass off when you travel.

Again, I'm not hating, just asking your stinky ass to shower and carry some deodorant on the goddam airplane. Shit! That's what you smell like.

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