US Attorneys General Oppose Trump's Appeal in Travel Ban Case

Sixteen US attorneys general filed an amicus brief opposing Donald Trump's latest appeal to the court order in the ongoing travel ban case.

A coalition of 16 US attorneys general filed an amicus — or friend of the court — brief opposing President Donald Trump's latest appeal to the court order in the ongoing travel ban case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a press release on Friday.

"The courts have made clear to the Trump administration: grandparents are family," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 

"Since January, Attorneys General have been on the front lines fighting this unconstitutional, unlawful, and un-American ban — and we’ll continue to act to protect our communities and ensure families are not torn apart."

In June, US Supreme Court upheld the nationwide injunctions against executive order on immigration that temporarily bars nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the Unites States. 

The court ruled that people having bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States, should be exempt from the ban.

Grandparents of US residents, however, did not qualify as persons with close family ties and were barred from entering the United States in the original injunction. 

Last month, the US state of Hawaii filed a motion to clarify the scope of the remaining injunction in the case, arguing that Trump administration had too narrow interpretation of "close familial relationship."

On Thursday night, the attorneys general filed a brief with Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking enforcement of the motion put forward by Hawaii, according to the press release.

The US Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington as well as the District of Columbia signed the brief.


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