When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on the Travel Ban they issued a statement that essentially allowed parts of the ban to be enforced. Specifically, they said that anyone who did not already have some kind of tie to the United States would not be allowed to enter until their ruling had been given later this year. They even specified examples of the types of people “with ties” to the country. Their words were that the ban applies to “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
Unfortunately, the Trump administration set forth guidelines on what that meant in relation to family ties. For example, siblings-in-law would be allowed in but grandparents would not.
As someone who just lost two grandmothers in the same year I can’t begin to tell you how awful this ruling can be for people. Just the thought of not being able to see my grandmothers makes me feel upset.
So, I am happy that a Federal court in Hawaii has ruled against that specific limitation. Interestingly, the definition of “close relative” does not yet include a fiancé.