THE U.S. SUPREME COURT clarified what it meant when it said yesterday (Sept. 12) refugees with a “bona fide relationship” can still enter the country.
A lower court’s wider definition that included in-laws and grandparents was rejected in a decision seen as a victory for Trump’s Muslim travel ban affecting six countries in the Middle East.
“The decision ignores the anti-Muslim bigotry at the heart of the Muslim ban,” she said. “In this environment where we see an increase in anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes, this decision is going to embolden anti-Muslim bigotry.” said Zainab Chaudry of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Under the definition used by the 9th District Court of Appeals, it would have allowed 24,000 refugees entry to the U.S. All the 9th Circuit ruling did was “protect vulnerable refugees and the American entities that have been eagerly preparing to welcome them to our shores,” Hawaii’s lawyers added.
The State Department said parents, parents-in-law, spouses, fiancés, children and children-in-law would be exempt from the ban, thus cutting off grandparents, uncles and aunts. Refugees who are being sponsored by humanitarian agencies would also be affected by the ban.