Saturday, July 22, 2017

29.4 - Good News: federal court limits TheRump's travel ban

Good News: federal court limits TheRump's travel ban

Finally, one more bit of tempered Good News.

Okay, first, last month SCOTUS partly revived theRump's two stalled travel bans, one against people from six majority-Muslim nations, those being Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and the other against refugees. The high court said the bans could go into effect but would not apply to people with a "bona fide relationship" to a US person or entity.

TheRump's goons, naturally, interpreted that provision narrowly, saying it only applied to people with a parent, sibling, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, or son- or daughter-in-law in the US.

Federal Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii found that description was too narrow and, noting the more expansive modern understanding of the term "family," broadened the interpretation to cover grandparents, grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of those in the US.

Which clearly is Good News. When TheRump's goons went to SCOTUS looking to get that ruling overturned, they were rebuffed on travelers from the six majority-Muslin nations - which is more Good News.

So what's the tempered part? The justices put a hold on Judge Watson's ruling as it applies to refugees while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considers a separate appeal on the same issue.

So the narrower interpretation still applies to refugees. Which does temper the Good News of continued legal resistance to TheRump's paranoid bigotry - but doesn't have to deny it.

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