Appeals court narrows scope of Trump travel ban

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that extended family members and certain class of refugees are exempt from Trump travel ban.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed the scope of President Donald Trump's travel ban on Thursday, according to a report on CNN.

The court ruled that extended family members such as grandparents are exempt from the ban, as well as a certain class of refugees, while the legality of the ban is under review.

The ruling from a three-judge panel changes the status quo, as it allows a group of refugees with contractual commitments from resettlement organizations to come into the country. The ruling will take effect in five days, the appeals court specified.

The case stems from a Supreme Court ruling in June which allowed the travel ban to go into effect pending appeal -- which will be heard October 10 -- except as it applies to those individuals with a "bona fide" relationship with the United States.

The travel ban bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S.

The travel ban in question is an updated order issued by President Donald Trump after his initial order was dismissed by the court.

The order is temporary, until proper vetting procedures – a central campaign promise of Trump’s – can be implemented.

Almost as soon as the order was issued, parties from both sides scurried back to court seeking clarification of the exact meaning of a "bona fide" relationship.

Challengers to the travel ban, including lawyers for the state of Hawaii, argued that the Supreme Court did not mean for the ban to extend to some family members such as grandparents, or to a category of refugees that have a contractual commitment from resettlement organizations.

Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the challengers read the Supreme Court ruling too broadly.