State files emergency motion to challenge travel ban

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin has filed a last-minute emergency challenge to the Trump administration’s implementation of its executive order on immigration.

After the Supreme Court lifted most of the lower court restrictions on the temporary travel ban of six countries that sponsor terrorism on Monday, only people with “bona fide” relationships with U.S. residents or entities will be permitted entry into the country.

According to guidance released by the Department of Homeland Security Thursday night, those “bona fide” relationships have been defined as a parent, spouse, child, sibling, brother- or sister-in-law, and fiancee. More distant relations, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc… will be denied entry into the U.S. for 90 days.

Chin and private counsel Neal Katyal argued in a motion filed Thursday with U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii that the DHS definition of “bona fide” relationship is not fair.

“This Court should clarify as soon as possible that the Supreme Court meant what it said, and that foreign nationals that credibly claim connections with this country cannot be denied entry under the president’s illegal order,” they wrote.

The travel ban took effect at 8 p.m. Thursday night.

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