The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling for the state of Hawaii against President Trump on the modified travel ban injunction.
The western federal appeals court heard arguments last week in the fight over who is blocked from coming to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries under Trump's travel ban after the Supreme Court allowed part of the ban to be enforced pending oral arguments before the high court in October.
On Thursday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration's interpretation of who is permitted to enter the U.S. under the travel ban.
"Stated simply, the Government does not offer a persuasive explanation for why a mother-in-law is clearly a bona fide relationship, in the Supreme Court's prior reasoning, but a grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin is not," the 9th Circuit Appeals Court said Thursday. "[T]he Government's assertion that the modified injunction renders the Court's stay order inoperative is false. ... The district court did not abuse its discretion with regard to this portion of the modified preliminary injunction."
The opinion continued, "Refugees' lives remain in vulnerable limbo during the pendency of the Supreme Court's stay."