Trump administration to appeal Hawaii travel ban exemptions



WASHINGTON (dpa) - US President Donald Trump's administration said on Friday it will appeal a ruling by a judge in Hawaii expanding the definition of family relationships that qualify a foreigner for an exemption from Trump's travel ban.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the decision a day earlier by a judge in Hawaii had overstepped and violated the president's ability to act in the interest of national security.



"By this decision, the district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for the national security judgments of the executive branch in a time of grave threats, defying both the lawful prerogatives of the executive branch and the directive of the Supreme Court," Session said in a statement.
"The district court has issued decisions that are entrusted to the executive branch, undermined national security, delayed necessary action, created confusion, and violated a proper respect for separation of powers."
Exemptions from the controversial ban should include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, Judge Derrick Watson ruled.
The ruling, the latest in months of legal wrangling, came after the Supreme Court last month said that the 90-day ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries could be partially implemented, but allowed for exemptions for visa applicants who could prove a "close familial relationship" with people in the US. The ban came into partial effect under those conditions on June 29.
The Supreme Court is to hear the broad legal challenge to the ban during its October term.
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Saturday, July 15th 2017
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