Hawaii topics Trump interpretation of standard for granting visas as perimeter officials instructed to respect visas for citizens from countries in question
The United States implemented a modified version of Donald Trumps travel ban Thursday evening on some people from six Muslim-majority countries and certain refugees, quoting security concerns that federal courts have declared to be unfounded.
Travel through major US airfields appeared to be proceeding as usual, with border officials under orders to respect previously issued visas for citizens from the countries in question: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya.
The airport scenes compared crisply with the protests and security chaos that saluted the Donald Trump administrations firstly travel forbidding in January, which gleaned impassioned demonstrators and led to the sudden detainees and expulsion of travelers with valid visas.
Just before the latest traveling prohibition took effect at 8p m ET, it comes down under court objection, with the state of Hawaii questioning the Trump administrations interpreting of a standard for granting visas described by the state supreme court in a ruling Monday allowing the ban.
Travelers with a believable contend of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States could be exempt from the ban, the high court ruled.
The Trump administration construed bona fide relationship to include parents, children, in-laws and step-relations but to eliminate grandparents, nephews, nieces, cousins and others.
There appeared to be some indecision within the Trump administration about what the phrase indicated. Fiances were originally placed in the excluded group, only to be declared by the state department belatedly Thursday to qualify as partaking in a bona fide relationship.
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, called the situation alarming, embarrassing and inhumane.
The banning of grandmothers of unaccompanied children from Americas shores is a humiliation, Miliband mentioned. Doubly so when America is a transgressing a promise we have made to safeguard them.
State department employees were to practice discretion in assessing whether family bonds described by visa applicants were bona fide, according to a senior state department official in a conference call with reporters. Homeland security officials would rule another stratum of discretion at degrees of entry.