On July 13, Federal Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii ruled to reduce the definition of the Trump administration's meaning of a "bonafide relationship." This was done by expanding the list of acceptable family members and redefining the relationship between refugees and their resettlement agencies. This applies to the six majority-Muslim countries: Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen. In October, when the Supreme Court hears the case on the travel ban, this ruling will be included in the arguments.
After the pro curiam of the Supreme Court, which reinstated parts of the travel ban, it was left to the executive branch and the Justice Department to determine what constituted a "bonafide relationship." President Trump determined that those who had a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S. would be allowed to enter the country. This did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the U.S. In this ban as well, the Supreme Court pro curiam reinstated in 50,000 refugee cap, but Trump furthered that cap with defining refugees eligible to enter the country had the original "bonafide relationship."
Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the government must halt all activity that impeded grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the U.S. from entering the country. In his ruling, he stated that "grandparents are the epitome of close family members.” Judge Watson also wrote in his ruling that refugees who have a promise and confidence of resettlement services and organizations in the United States can not be excluded.
OUR VERDICT: This is another significant move against the Trump administration and their efforts in an already weakened travel ban. This ruling will be in place until October until the Supreme Court will hear the case for the travel ban. This latest ruling will be included in the deliberations.