In a last-minute change of heart, the Trump administration re-wrote its definition of a “bona fide” relationship, deciding to include fiancés of people in the U.S. on the list of people who are exempt from its travel ban from six countries that sponsor terrorism. The new rules went into effect at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Criteria for visa applicants from the six nations and all refugees mandates that they have a “close” family or business relationship with someone in the United States.
The government sent guidelines to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday which identified exempt applicants as those who have a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S. Fiancés were not originally included, but it’s likely that pending lawsuits helped change their minds.
News outlets insist on stating that the travel ban temporarily stops some citizens of “six majority-Muslim countries,” in an effort to drive the narrative that this is a “Muslim” ban. In reality, it is a ban on people coming from countries that sponsor terrorism. The fact that these countries have large Muslim populations is irrelevant, considering that there are at least 50 countries in the world that are made up of a majority of Muslims.
The six banned countries which sponsor terrorism are: Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iran and Libya.
Claiming that many of the people who will be excluded from coming to the U.S., such as grandparents, are considered “close family” in Hawaii, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin has filed a court challenge to the ruling.
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