November 18, 2017

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Trump Travel Ban Allowed To Take Partial Effect

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Muslim and civil rights groups and their supporters gather at a rally against what they call a “Muslim ban” in Washington in October. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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A federal appeals court in California has ruled that the Trump administration’s long-delayed travel ban can go into partial effect, allowing the government to temporarily keep travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit puts on hold a lower court ruling last month that blocked the administration’s ban against travelers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad.

The appellate panel, all Clinton appointees, ruled that a preliminary injunction issued by District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu may not go into full effect. But it would allow “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The panel said that would include “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.”

Judge Watson’s ruling came in response to a challenge filed by the state of Hawaii. Neither the appellate

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