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The Supreme Court wouldn’t let Trump include extended family in his travel ban


The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s bid to include extended family members in his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that the nation’s highest court ruled for now that extended family members are not part of Trump’s ban against the affected countries.

The ban will reportedly skip over grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and siblings-in-law during its 90-day coverage period.

The temporary halt impacts travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, while also freezing general refugee admissions into the U.S. for 120 days.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday criticized the Supreme Court’s decision, which could reportedly block entry of up to 24,000 refugees who have ties to a U.S. resettlement agency.

Other people on the social media platform praised the decision, which is reportedly temporary until the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers a separate appeal.

The Supreme Court said Thursday that people with a “bona fide relationship” to a U.S. person or entity could not be barred by Trump’s travel ban.

Thursday’s decision gave the federal government more flexibility, however, to enforce its separate freeze on general refugee admissions.

Hawaii-based District Judge Derrick Watson ruled against both measures last week, inspiring the Trump administration to seek the Supreme Court’s opinion on the matter.

Trump has argued his travel ban is essential for protecting the U.S. from radical Islamic terrorism.

Critics counter that the measure is un-Constitutional, however, and that it is unfairly biased against Muslims.

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