U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang's order was less sweeping, although it also favored travelers with a "bona fide" relationship with a person or entity in the United States.
In a brief order on Monday, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit temporarily put on hold part of a lower court's decision, from a judge in Hawaii, that had almost completely blocked the government from enforcing the ban, the New York Times reported.
The connections could be family relationships, allowing grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles etc. of people in the US. "We believe that the proclamation should be allowed to take effect in its entirety".
The state of Hawaii, which sued to block the restrictions, argued that federal immigration law did not give Trump the authority to impose them on six of those countries. Accordingly, it appears that entry as immigrants or nonimmigrants remains suspended for North Korea and entry in tourist or business visitor status remains suspended for officials of certain Venezuelan government agencies and their immediate family members. It overturned a ruling by a USA district court in Hawaii last month that blocked the order temporarily from going into effect. That Order, however, imposed new restrictions on numerous countries involved in the program and indefinitely blocked the part of the program that allowed refugees to bring their spouses and children to the U.S. I'm pleased that family ties to the U.
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Trump's second travel ban, like the first one, was a temporary measure, and when it expired, he replaced it with the third - a version created to be permanent.
This latest version the travel ban was blocked by a judge in Honolulu in October, as well as a judge in Maryland.
The Administration plans to implement the suspension consistent with the Ninth Circuit's ruling and will continue to appeal the case in order to be able to fully implement the travel ban proclamation.
Critics of the travel ban in its various iterations call it a "Muslim ban" that violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion. The 9 Circuit is set to continue to hear arguments on the case on December 6, while a separate appeal in Maryland is scheduled to be heard December 8.