Federal Judge Denies Hawaii’s Request to Expand Travel-Ban Exemptions
A federal judge has denied the state of Hawaii’s request to expand the exemptions under President Donald Trump’s modified travel ban. The state filed an emergency motion last week to challenge the government’s definition of “close” family members who would allowed to enter the U.S. even if they are from the six Muslim-majority countries outlined in the ban. The Supreme Court last week upheld parts of the president’s travel ban, which now includes exemptions for a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling. The Hawaii motion sought to expand the exemptions to grandparents and fiancés.