The Supreme Court sides with the Hawaii judge, Derrick Watson, on his redefinition of the rules the Trump administration established for the travel ban from six terrorist afflicted countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The Supreme Court stayed part of Derrick Watson’s order, where he stated that his opinion on what constitutes “close family relationships” should be expanded to the Trump administration’s 120 day ban on all refugee admissions.
Judge Gorsuch, Thomas, and Alito all sided with the Trump administration, stating that grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc. should not qualify as “close family relationships.”
The liberal wing of the court was joined by Justices Kennedy and Roberts in accepting the incredibly wide net established by the Hawaii Judge’s opinion.
Questions have been raised by many people regarding the wisdom of U.S. officials who want to bring in unverified and poorly screened immigrants from largely third world countries, in light of the recent shooting of an Australian woman by a Somali immigrant police officer (who was fast tracked by local government as part of an affirmative action program to be more inclusive for their Somali immigrant community).
With this expanded definition, created by an (unconstitutional) opinion of the judiciary, even more people will be allowed to be brought into the U.S. if the administration enforces the new redefinition.
The order stated that the Supreme Court’s ruling is temporary pending a federal appeals court’s pending review of the issues.