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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Eli Samuel Goldman

Apparently Disney Corporation still supports anti-Semitism, racism, and cruelty to the disabled as they do with and to me on behalf of Donald J. Trump.

Eli Samuel Goldman

As to Trump supporters. If you read history reports, Adolph Hitler was the most popular Chancellor in German history at the time then to date, and the then media denied all atrocities of the Nazis and depicted Hitler as a champion and Savior of Germany and the people as they do Donald J. Trump. Trump is the new age Adolph Hitler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eli Samuel Goldman

As to Trump supporters. If you read history reports, Adolph Hitler was the most popular Chancellor in German history at the time then to date, and the then media denied all atrocities of the Nazis and depicted Hitler as a champion and Savior of Germany and the people as they do Donald J. Trump. Trump is the new age Adolph Hitler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eli Samuel Goldman

I spent decades learning how to be a pacifist and not a fighter for the sake of being a the best father figure I could for my children. I hate this, this bullshit is turning me into the man I told myself I'll never need to be again.

Eli Samuel Goldman

I renew my challenge: I challenge Donald J. Trump to a duel to the death. And no, I'm not kidding. This is absolutely real and I'm willing and able to follow-thru. I know Trump reads everything I write. I challenge you to a pistol duel to this death at 40 paces (old school solution to irreconcilable differences). Stop being a coward Donald and accept my challenge. It'll be viewable on pay per view including the funeral of one or both of us,with the proceeds going to the charity of the survivors choice.

Eli Samuel Goldman

Trump's people potray me as lazy and a looser. Yet he failed and went bankrupt 7 times with hundreds of millions and Billions in assets and financing as well as major worldwide connections. Conversely, on my own personal shoe string almost Non-budget based on a co-op approach I was co-founder and CEO of the Pointed Head Network online Magazine for writers and entertainers in the 1990s, part owner of Southern Nevada Computers (screwed out of my share and the profits), President/founder of Southern Texas Technologies with hundreds of subcontractors on our contract list along with co-founder Cynthia Cruz (listed on Dunn and Bradstreet; went under due to my continual hospitalization due to disability and a series of unreported robberies by my dearly departed's so-called-friends, co-Leader of Western Governors University Elementary Education Community, and three other communities, suggestion/initial researcher/co-founder of the WGU College of Health Sciences, the Alumni Assn (also on the board of the Assn), co-Leader of the Student Union, Student-Leader NCATE Accreditation Initial Review Contributor, Founder of the Las Vegas Volunteer Adult Literacy Group, Founder of the Sacramento California Writers Guild, attempted startups include a Horoscope Business with Richard Lee Ranft Jr, a free Computer Training Org with Richard Lee Ranft Jr, Contributed to original project that became the A+ exam eventually administered by Comp-TIA, founder /owner of Roseville CA bicycle mods with Murray Boris Goldman (my dad) a unregistered non-profit that built and donated refurbished and modified Bicycles for the unemployed (also a sideline business that was for profit building customized bikes and racing bicycles), Life Scout and Patrol Leader Troop 366 BSofA, founder of 3 of the 4 music groups/bands I've been in, etc etc etc....but thanks to Trump's people I'm considered a homeless bum. Fuck him!

Eli Samuel Goldman

All those organizations I've started, founded, ran, or took a leadership role in are just SOME of the "looser" activities I've done that I consider accomplishments.

Eli Samuel Goldman

To give details, I've always worked in a co-op method to use profit making ventures to fund a charitable organization as well as my own money, in the belief that in time the organization will pay for itself and then I can give myself a salary rather than keep putting money into the organizations. Almost all my ventures did well, but when you're disabled and dirt-poor sometimes life, children and people make the organization have to take 2nd place. That's just life. I also encouraged Cynth to start the TAMIU Student Nursing Assn, helped her with her work with migrant workers and UMOS, gave her guidance in teaching people so they can gain a GED in Laredo, TX, and helping her teach people through the Las Vegas Public Library System so they can become citizens of the USA. I also went with her on process serves for Cuthbert Mac THD Attorney at Law, helped her when she needed help for her pet association project Rights for Diverced Fathers, run by a paralegal in Las Vegas NV. And joined her in her studies when she was doing arranged associate work for several lawyers in Vegas, (Cuthbert and his legal buddies, some guy named Wolfson once). Collabertated with real estate expert and writer Roberta K Puma, initial contributor to Wired Magazine, Go Hampton Roads, Rkpuma.com gave advice in her teachering technology to children. Collaborator on a think tank in Vegas and Los Angeles that we were told was contracted with 3com....etc et c etc...in fact I can keep informing if my verifiable "looser activity."

Eli Samuel Goldman

I started in IT and as a tech in 1980/1981 with a Timex Sinclair Computer/and a friend in scouts who had an Apple Kit, and misc books. My first tech gear was a rollup of Xelite tools and an old Heathkit oscilloscope and an old DVM/multimeter and a bunch of books as well as watching my father work. I've had two dozen Master level Certs from Techmetrics/brainbench in everything from High IT Aptitude, Visual Basic, to various Database stuff, as well as certs from a half dozen other companies. I setup analogue/ digital audio studios in South Texas and Mexico in2001/2002. My suppliers were online, various small suppliers in the South USA, Eastman in Las Vegas, NV, the manufacturers themselves, and Dinastia a major wholesaler in Laredo Texas/Mexico. I farmed out network jobs including one network job for the then new Drs Hospital in Laredo Texas to a form with groups in Austin and San Antonio (as memory serves) and contributed the money to feeding the homeless and giving laptops computers to the poor/kids in El Cenizo and Rio Bravo. The mayor of (think it was Rio Bravo ...one of the two) went to High School with my Cynthia and hooked us up with some churches that distributed them. Irony considering Cynth said before he went legit and changed his life he was at one time the highschool drug dealer. I guess some people do change. He became a politician. Odd.

Eli Samuel Goldman

I meant "Dinastia Computers in Laredo TX"

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