On Thursday, July 13, Hawaii’s U.S. District Court Judge, Derrick Watson, made the list of family relationships much larger for people attempting to obtain new visas from six Muslim-majority countries as a way to avoid President Trump’s travel ban.
According to Watson, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of individuals who reside in the United States should not be banned from entering the country.
Watson ordered that the government not enforce this ban on these individuals.
Watson stated that the Trump administration’s definition of a “close relative” was unjustifiably restrictive.
Watson’s ruling offers hope to refugees who have close relatives living in the United States. Although the 50,000 cap on refugee admissions was reached earlier this week, individuals hoping to enter the United States with relatives already living here should now be able to enter.