A USA appeals court allowed President Donald Trump to proceed with part of the latest version of his travel ban Monday, but it created an exemption for foreigners with American ties.
The policy applied to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen plus some Venezuelan government officials and their families. Entity relationships "must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the objective of evading".
But the three-judge panel left in place a stay of Trump's executive order as it applies to travelers with a bona fide relationship to the United States, including grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of US citizens or legal residents.
"We are reviewing the court's order and the government will begin enforcing the travel proclamation consistent with the partial stay".
Watson did not block travel from the two other nations on the latest list, North Korea and Venezuela.
Rulings against the ban in Hawaii and later in Maryland apply only to the six Muslim-majority countries.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who had sued over the ban on behalf of his state, said in a statement: "Today's decision ... closely tracks guidance previously issued by the Supreme Court".
The 9th Circuit panel is set to hear oral arguments on the case on December 6. State Department and Justice Department spokespeople said they would comment later. "I'm pleased that family ties to the U".
Separately on Monday, a group of refugee organizations and individuals filed a lawsuit in Seattle federal court challenging Trump's decision to suspend entry of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are majority Muslim, for at least 90 days.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that people who have no bona fide relationships to people or institutions in the US may be barred from visiting.
This latest legal development tests whether Trump Travel Ban 3.0 will withstand judicial scrutiny. The second one expired in September after a long court fight and was replaced with another revised version. As a candidate, Trump had promised "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".
A federal appeals court handed the Trump administration a partial victory Monday, granting its emergency request to allow parts of its latest travel ban to go into effect while the appeal is pending. The Fourth Circuit will hear similar arguments on December 9, and the matter will likely end up before the U.S. Supreme Court in the new year. The Maryland case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents several advocacy groups, including the International Refugee Assistance Project.