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Judge to consider Hawaii’s request to clarify Trump’s partial travel ban

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    Attorney General Doug Chin and representatives from the Muslim Association of Hawaii, ACLU, Japanese American Citizens League, Friends of Civil Rights, and Amnesty International held a news conference regarding the latest developments today at the Attorney General’s office.

A federal judge in Honolulu has agreed to consider an emergency request to clarify who can and cannot be excluded from President Trump’s partial travel ban on foreign nationals from six mostly Muslim countries.

State Attorney General Douglas Chin filed the request yesterday just before the partial ban took effect Thursday afternoon.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear the government’s appeal of an injunction blocking Trump’s entire ban on the entry of citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen in October. In the meantime, the high court said the government can ban entry of those foreign nationals who do not have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the United States.

The Trump administration had said the exemption would apply to citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S. The administration late Thursday added fiance to its list of “bona fide” relationships.

Chin objects to the government’s interpretation of “bona fide relationship” and asked Judge Derrick K. Watson for clarification.

Chin announced at a news conference this morning that Watson has asked the federal government to respond to the state’s motion by Monday, and the state to answer that response later in the week. No hearing has been set, Chin added.

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