The Trump administration will now allow grandparents of U.S. citizens from the six Muslim-majority countries named in President Trump's travel ban to obtain visas and enter the United States, according to a new report.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a memo Friday to all diplomatic posts overseas notifying them that grandmothers, grandfathers, and other relatives are now eligible to receive visas, according to Reuters.
The cable from Tillerson was sent after a U.S. district judge in Hawaii ruled against the Trump administration late Thursday and said the administration cannot prohibit grandparents and other relatives of U.S. citizens from six countries — Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen — from entering the U.S. under Trump's travel ban.
The Justice Department appealed the decision from the Hawaii District Court to the Supreme Court on Friday night.
The cable, dated July 14, updated the definition of "close family" allowed to enter the U.S. under the temporary travel ban to include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and first cousins.
In a ruling last month, the Supreme Court allowed the president's March executive order restricting travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries to partially take effect.
According to the high court, the temporary ban would not apply to travelers who have a "bona fide relationship" with U.S. citizens and entities.
The Trump administration narrowly defined "bona fide relationship" to mean parents, spouses, siblings, children, and fiancées.
Under the administration's definition, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins from the six Muslim-majority countries were prohibited from entering the U.S.